Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, And Religion In Postwar Detroit by Lila Corwin BermanMetropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, And Religion In Postwar Detroit by Lila Corwin Berman

Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, And Religion In Postwar Detroit

byLila Corwin Berman

Hardcover | May 6, 2015

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In this provocative and accessible urban history, Lila Corwin Berman considers the role that Detroit’s Jews played in the city’s well-known narrative of migration and decline. Taking its cue from social critics and historians who have long looked toward Detroit to understand twentieth-century urban transformations, Metropolitan Jews tells the story of Jews leaving the city while retaining a deep connection to it. Berman argues convincingly that though most Jews moved to the suburbs, urban abandonment, disinvestment, and an embrace of conservatism did not invariably accompany their moves. Instead, the Jewish postwar migration was marked by an enduring commitment to a newly fashioned urbanism with a vision of self, community, and society that persisted well beyond city limits.

Complex and subtle, Metropolitan Jews pushes urban scholarship beyond the tenacious black/white, urban/suburban dichotomy. It demands a more nuanced understanding of the process and politics of suburbanization and will reframe how we think about the American urban experiment and modern Jewish history.
Lila Corwin Berman is associate professor of history at Temple University, where she holds the Murray Friedman Chair and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. She is the author of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity.
Title:Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, And Religion In Postwar DetroitFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:May 6, 2015Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022624783X

ISBN - 13:9780226247830


Table of Contents

Introduction: Jews and the American City

Chapter 1. Locating and Relocating the Jewish Neighborhoods of Detroit

Chapter 2. Keeping House in the City: The Local Politics of Urban Space

Chapter 3. Changing Jewish Neighborhoods

Chapter 4. From Neighborhood to City: The Formation of Jewish Metropolitan Urbanism

Chapter 5. The Sacred Suburban Sites of Jewish Metropolitan Urbanism

Chapter 6. Urban Crises and the Privatization of Jewish Urbanism

Chapter 7. Epilogue: Back-to-the-City Jews and the Legacies of Metropolitan Urbanism


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Editorial Reviews

“Metropolitan Jews is a wonderful example of a ‘minority history’ that illustrates how the group in question, in this case Jews, was more than merely an interesting sidebar to the ‘mainstream’ American historical narrative. . . . The book presents an interesting and convincing change-over-time historical argument. Berman demonstrates how Jews’ engagement with Detroit began with a neighborhood-based urbanism, transformed into a citywide urbanism, and eventually became a metropolitan urbanism. Jews’ interpretation of who was responsible for Detroit’s well-being also shifted from government to private sources, including business and faith institutions. . . . This thoroughly researched, well-written, and stimulating book will influence scholars in a variety of US fields, including liberalism, urban/suburban/metropolitan history, whiteness studies, and, of course, Jewish history.”