The Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, Debates

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EditorUzi Rebhun

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Continuing its distinguished tradition of focusing on central political, sociological, and cultural issues of Jewish life in the last century, this latest volume in the annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry series focuses on how Jewry has been studied in the social science disciplines. Itssymposium consists of essays that discuss sources, approaches, and debates in the complementary fields of demography, sociology, economics, and geography. The social sciences are central for the understanding of contemporary Jewish life and have engendered much controversy over the past few decades. To a large extent, the multitude of approaches toward Jewish social science research reflects the nature of population studies in general, and that ofreligions and ethnic groups in particular. Yet the variation in methodology, definitions, and measures of demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural patterns is even more salient in the study of Jews. Different data sets have different definitions for what is "Jewish" or "who is a Jew." In addition,Jews as a group are characterized by high rates of migration, including repeated migration, which makes it difficult to track any given Jewish population. Finally, the question of identification is complicated by the fact that in most places, especially outside of Israel, it is not clear whether"being Jewish" is primarily a religious or an ethnic matter - or both, or neither. This volume also features an essay on American Jewry and North African Jewry; review essays on rebuilding after the Holocaust, Nazi war crimes trials, and Jewish historiography; and reviews of new titles in Jewish studies.

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Continuing its distinguished tradition of focusing on central political, sociological, and cultural issues of Jewish life in the last century, this latest volume in the annual Studies in Contemporary Jewry series focuses on how Jewry has been studied in the social science disciplines. Itssymposium consists of essays that discuss source...

Uzi Rebhun is Associate Professor and head of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The author of The Wandering Jew in America and co-author of American Israelis: Migration, Transnationalism, and Diasporic Identity, he specializes in the demography of world Jewry, Jewish migration, J...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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SymposiumThe Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, DebatesSergio DellaPergola: Jewish Demography: Fundamentals of the Research FieldLeonard Saxe, Elizabeth Tighe and Matthew Boxer: Measuring the Size and Characteristics of American Jewry: A New Paradigm to Understand an Ancient PeopleDavid Dutwin, Eran Ben Porath, and Ron Miller: U.S. Jewish Population Studies: Opportunities and ChallengesHarriet Hartman: Studies of Jewish Identity and Continuity: Competing, Complementary, and Comparative PerspectivesEsther Isabelle Wilder: Defining and Measuring the Socioeconomic Status of JewsChaim I. Waxman: The Professional Dilemma of Jewish Social Scientists: The Case of the ASSJDavid J. Graham: Contradictory Constructions of "Jewish" in Britain's Political and Legal SystemsMark Tolts: Sources for the Demographic Study of the Jews in the Former Soviet UnionJudit Bokser Liwerant: Latin American Jewish Social Studies: The Evolution of a Cross-disciplinary FieldAziza Khazzoom: Jews in Israel: Effects of Categorization Practice on Research Findings and Research FrameworksArnon Soffer: Jewish Majority and Jewish Minority in Israel: The Demographic DebateEssayAvi Picard: Funding Aliyah: American Jewry and North African Jews, 1952-1956Review EssaysThe Postwar Era: Repatriation, Resettlement, and JusticeGabriel Finder: Toward a Broader View of Jewish Rebuilding after the HolocaustJudith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz: The Holocaust and Its Aftermath in the Yishuv and the State of IsraelLaura Jockusch: Beyond Nuremberg: New Scholarship on Nazi War Crimes Trials in GermanyOlga Litvak: The God of HistoryBook ReviewsAntisemitism, Holocaust, and GenocideDavid Bankier and Dan Michman: Holocaust and Justice: Representation and Historiography of the Holocaust in Post-war Trials, Laura JockuschShlomo Bar-Gil and Ada Schein: Viyshavtem betah: nitzolei hashoah bahityashvut ha'ovedet (Dwell in safety: Holocaust survivors in the rural cooper, Judith Tydor Baumel-SchwartzYehuda Bauer: The Death of the Shtetl, Judith Tydor Baumel-SchwartzJohn Cramer: Belsen Trial 1945: Der Lneburger Prozess gegen Wachpersonal der Konzentrationslager Auschwitz und Bergen-Belsen, Laura JockuschMargarete Myers Feinstein: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar Germany, 1945-1957, Gabriel N. FinderJonathan C. Friedman: The Routledge History of the Holocaust, Dan MichmanAtina Grossmann: Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany, Gabriel N. FinderPatricia Heberer and Jrgen Mattheus: Atrocities on Trial: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Prosecuting War Crimes, Laura JockuschAriel Hurwitz: Jews without Power: American Jewry during the Holocaust, Rafael MedoffTomaz Jardim: The Mauthausen Trial: American Military Justice in Germany, Laura JockuschLaura Jockusch: Collect and Record! Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe, Gabriel N. FinderOtto Dov Kulka and Eberhard Jackel: The Jews in the Secret Nazi Reports on Popular Opinion in Germany, 1933-1945, trans. William Templer, Marion KaplanTamar Lewinsky: Displaced Poets: Jiddische Schriftsteller im Nachkriegsdeutschland, 1945-1951, Gabriel N. FinderAnna Lipphardt: Vilne: Die Juden aus Vilnius nach dem Holocaust. Ein transnationale Beziehungsgeschichte, Tobias BrinkmannDalia Ofer, Francoise S. Ouzan, and Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz: Holocaust Survivors: Resettlement, Memories, Identities, Gabriel N. FinderAvinoam J. Patt and Michael Berkowitz: "We Are Here": New Approaches to Jewish Displaced Persons in Germany, Gabriel N. FinderDina Porat: Israeli Society: The Holocaust and Its Survivors, Judith Tydor Baumel-SchwartzKim C. Priemel and Alexa Stiller: Reassessing the Nuremberg Military Tribunals: Transitional Justice, Trial Narratives, and Historiography, Laura JockuschShimon Redlich: Life in Transit: Jews in Postwar Lodz, 1945-1950, Gabriel N. FinderAlan Rosen: The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews of David Broder, Gabriel N. FinderCultural Studies, Literature and ThoughtLeora Batnitzky: How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought, Hanoch Ben-PaziDavid Biale: Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought, Robert M. SeltzerLeonid Livak: The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination: A Case of Russian Literature, Rafi Tsirkin-SadanShachar Pinsker: Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, Jordan FinkinArt Spiegelman: The Complete Maus, Jeffrey ShandlerArt Spiegelman: MetaMaus, Jeffrey ShandlerMichael Weingrad: American Hebrew Literature: Writing Jewish National Identity in the United States, Jordan FinkinHistory, Social Sciences, and BiographyRebecca T. Alpert: Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, Ezra MendelsohnGur Alroey: Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear: Letters from Jewish Migrants in the Early 20th Century, Frank WolffYaakov (Jacob) Barna: Shmuel Ettinger: Historiyon, moreh veish tzibur (Shmuel Ettinger: Historian, teacher and public figure), Olga LitvakAlbert I. Baumgarten: Elias Bickerman as a Historian of the Jews, Olga LitvakMichael Brenner: Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History, trans. Steven Rendall, Olga LitvakDavid Cesarani, Tony Kushner, and Milton Shain: Place and Displacement in Jewish History and Memory: Zakor V'makor, Natasha GordinskyJonathan Dekel-Chen, David Gaunt, Natan M. Meir, and Israel Bartal: Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History, Brian HorowitzMarion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore: Gender and Jewish History, Vicki CaronJohn Doyle Klier: Russians, Jews and the Pogroms of 1881-1882, Brian HorowitzRebecca Kobrin: Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora, Gur AlroeyZionist, Israel, and the Middle EastShaul Kelner: Tours that Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism, Jackie FeldmanHenry Near: Where Community Happens: The Kibbutz and the Philosophy of Communalism, Eliezer Ben-RafaelNoam Pianko: Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Cohen, Allan M. ArkushLeonard Saxe and Barry Chazan: Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity, Jackie FeldmanMatthew Silver: Our Exodus: Leon Uris and the Americanization of Israel's Founding Story, Ariel FeldesteinGadi Taub: The Settlers and the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism, Michael FeigeContents for Volume XXVIIINote on Editorial Policy