Developmental Judaism: Challenging the Study of American Jewish Identity in the Social Sciences

By Riv-Ellen Prell

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), 2000

The article is based on the author's study of Conservative synagogue Jews. By laying out the diversity of models through which these Conservative Jews articulated how they construct their Jewishness, the author demonstrates the complexity of what it means to them to be Jews. Their narrative forms are an effort to understand Jewish life from the point of view of the actor, and as such to demonstrate how Jewishness is negotiated over time and within relationships. While gross and normative measures of Jewish life are critical, they are always partial without understanding the meaning participants attach to them.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: Contemporary Jewry

Volume/Issue: 21

Page Number(s): 33-54

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Prell, Riv-Ellen. Developmental Judaism: Challenging the Study of American Jewish Identity in the Social Sciences. Contemporary Jewry. Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ). 2000: 33-54. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2884


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