The Sovereign Self: Jewish Identity in Post-Modern America

By Steven M. Cohen, Arnold Eisen

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), May 1, 2001

The article reports on a series of interviews conducted by the authors to assess the formation of adult Jewish identities through lifelong Jewish journeys. Strongly Jewish childhoods are a very good predictor of actively Jewish adulthoods. The authors conclude that personal journeys and experiences, especially if shared with other family members, are the stuff out of which modern American Jewish identity is constructed and enacted. Today's American Judaism is personal and constructed one experience at a time.

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Identification, Adulthood, Jewish Continuity, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints

Volume/Issue: 453

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Eisen, Arnold. The Sovereign Self: Jewish Identity in Post-Modern America. Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1 May 2001:


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