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ERIC Number: EJ811532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods
Charme, Stuart; Horowitz, Bethamie; Hyman, Tali; Kress, Jeffrey S.
Journal of Jewish Education, v74 n2 p115-143 May 2008
"Jewish identity" has been a central concern both in the realm of research about American Jewry and to American Jewish educational programming, but what it means and how to best study it have come under question in recent years. In this article, four scholars describe the ways they understand Jewish identity among American Jews and how they study it. Together, they avoid defining the content of Jewish identity in specific normative/prescriptive terms because this unnecessarily flattens and delimits the ways people experience being Jewish. Instead they seek to expand the kinds of analytic questions and research methodologies in ways that that permit descriptive and non-evaluative conceptualizations, viewing Jewish identities as emerging from the complex interplay of "Jewishness" in the environment with other aspects of the self, and its longitudinal and cross-contexts. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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