Publication Date

1-1-1990

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Provencher, Ronald

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

51 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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