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Provencher, Ronald

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Anthropology


This research is an anthropological ethnographic study of Sikhism as practiced in Chicago suburbia. Sikhism is explored as a separate cultural group, focusing on what it means to be a Sikh in the U.S. today. The initial interview was conducted with Mohinder Singh, a Sikh priest affiliated with the Chicago chapter of the Sikh Society. Areas explored are religious tenets of faith, cultural differences, as well as political issues affecting Sikhs. Mrs. Rani Singh is a mother of 3 and the wife of a hospital radiologist in Aurora. She is an outspoken defender of minority rights and an active member in the Sikh community. Rani and her children, Ravi, 17; Savina, 15; and Simer, 10; also participated in this study. These investigative interviews, along with extensive background material, are presented alone with my findings and conclusions. Issue headings are divided into 4 areas: 1) Cultural Group Identity as Evidenced by Unique Sikh Appearance; 2) Religious beliefs that influence Sikh behavior; 3) Sikh historical background influencing the Sikh community; and 4) Current political issues facing Sikhism.


Includes bibliographical references.


51 pages




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