Symbols of Diaspora Jewish Identity: An International Survey and Multi-Dimensional Analysis

By Erik H. Cohen

Elsevier, 2008

Symbols are important in representing religious and ethnic identity, particularly in the postmodern age. Using a case study of Jewish adolescents, this article explores the use of symbols in expressing identity. A structural typology of symbols is developed, based on responses to a list of 20 symbols of Jewish identity by over 40,000 Jewish youth from around the world, who were surveyed during educational tours to Israel. At the core of this typology are symbols representing the struggle of the weak against the strong, and these are surrounded by sets of symbols related to religion, family, Israel, the Holocaust, justice, and contribution to world culture. Self-defined "religious" and "non-religious" Jewish youth are compared, and applications of the typology of symbols to other ethnic and religious groups are explored.

Topic: Youth, Sociology, Diaspora, Identity

Name of Publication: Religion

Volume/Issue: 38

Page Number(s): 293-304

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Cohen, Erik H. Symbols of Diaspora Jewish Identity: An International Survey and Multi-Dimensional Analysis. Religion. Elsevier. 2008: 293-304. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4814


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