On the Sociological Significance of the American Jewish Experience: Boundary Blurring, Assimilation, and Pluralism

By Richard Alba

Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2006

The most significant feature of the contemporary situation of American Jews is the very significant blurring of boundaries between Jews and other Americans. A non-trivial set of individuals is position ambiguously with respect to Jewish/Gentile boundaries, so that their placement in one or the other category is inherently a matter of definition. The article analyzes how did this state come about and what does it mean.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Identity Formation

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Alba, Richard. On the Sociological Significance of the American Jewish Experience: Boundary Blurring, Assimilation, and Pluralism. Association for the Sociology of Religion. 2006: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3119


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