Jewish Identities in 20th-Century America

By Marc Dollinger

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), 2003

The article challenges generational approach to American Jews by examining three critical eras in the formation of modern American Jewish identity: the New Deal of the 1930s, the civil rights movement of the 1950s, and the social protest era of the 1960s. By doing this, the author claims, we can see the limits of linear approaches to Jewish identity. The articles concludes that American Jews have not journeyed along a generational continuum as much as they have sought to define and redefine their ethnic identity according to imperatives created in the social and political culture surrounding them.

Topic: Political Behavior, Identity Formation, Politics

Name of Publication: Contemporary Jewry

Volume/Issue: 24

Page Number(s): 9-28

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Dollinger, Marc. Jewish Identities in 20th-Century America. Contemporary Jewry. Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ). 2003: 9-28.


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