Unraveling the Ethnoreligious Package

By Charles S. Liebman

Brill Books, 2003

The author discusses the development of an individualist identity in American Judaism, a culture which increasingly expects individuals to define for themselves the boundaries and measures of Jewishness. Boundary changes for Jews tend, in turn, to follow the broader American urban middle class culture, the author explains. These trends have resulted in a shift from the situation of the early twentieth century, the author asserts, in which Jews considered Jewishness an ethnic identity, to a situation in which Jews define Jewishness religiously.

Topic: Culture, Jewish Identification, Modernity, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence

Editor: Ben-Rafael, Eliezer , Gorny, Yosef , Ro'i, Yaacov

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISSN 1570-7997; ISBN 90 04 12950 2

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Liebman, Charles S. Unraveling the Ethnoreligious Package. Contemporary Jewries: Convergence and Divergence. Brill Books. 2003: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4057


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