Mixed Marriage in Cultural Contexts

By Joyce Antler

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, April 26, 2004

Starting from the premise that mass culture plays an important role in how young people encounter issues of identity, including ethnic and religious identity, Antler discusses the representation of Jews in the media, especially of Jewish TV characters in intermarried relationships. She notes that intermarriage and interdating on television have become so pervasive that it is virtually impossible to find a Jewish-Jewish couple anywhere on screen, an exception to the general popular depiction of ethnically similar couples. Additionally, almost all of TV's interfaith marriages or romances deal in stereotypes, usually negative stereotypes of Jewish men and even worse stereotypes of Jewish women. Antler reflects on the possible causes and effects of this phenomenon, and its implications for the American Jewish community.

Topic: Gender, Intermarriage, Culture, Television

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Antler, Joyce. Mixed Marriage in Cultural Contexts. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. 26 April 2004: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1935


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