ERIC Number: EJ729535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Jewish Youth in Texas: Toward a Multi-Methodological Approach to Minority Identity
Cohen, Erik H.; Bar-Shalom, Yehuda
Religious Education, v101 n1 p40-59 Win 2006
Qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to examine the religious and ethnic identity of youth attending a Jewish summer camp in Texas. A strong aspect of participants' Jewish identity is formulated in reaction to the surrounding Christian society, with which they negotiate a compromise to live relatively comfortably. The informal religious education and temporary community of the camp allow exploration of a proactive Jewish identity. A typology is developed with two sets of opposed concepts of identity: individual versus peoplehood and internal versus external. Sub-regions differentiate between fearful versus benevolent external identity and between psychological versus traditional internal identity.
Descriptors: Religious Education, Ethnicity, Jews, Religion, Judaism, Identification (Psychology), Minority Groups, Individual Differences, Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Social Bias, Summer Programs, Resident Camp Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; Texas