Between Neo-Goths and Neo-Ghettos: Is Urban Diversity a "Jewish" Problem?

By Javier Pelacoff

AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), Mila, 2005

In a speech given at the Third International Conference of Intellectuals held in 2005, the lecturer, Javier Pelacoff, addresses the dichotomy between those who are within the Jewish ghetto and those who are not. The author analyzes the matrix between "public" and "private" in the Jewish Haskala (Enlightenment), and discusses modern metropolitan life and the impact of globalization in order to identify what has become a "destructive community." A destructive community is a result of the collective imagination overlooking communal action and being transformed into a communal state of being, in which a common identity becomes the most important aspect of the community. Pelacoff argues that diversity is of utmost importance and that the proliferation of social, institutional, and mental spaces should be encouraged.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Pluralism, Diversity

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: Europe

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JDC-Europe

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Bibliographic Information:
Pelacoff, Javier. Between Neo-Goths and Neo-Ghettos: Is Urban Diversity a "Jewish" Problem?. AsociaciĆ³n Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA),Mila. 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3749


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