The authors question the absence of social science perspectives in Jewish studies programs in the United States. They assert that there have been many studies of Jews in various societies and communities, however very little of the research is connected to general inquiries about method and theory. The authors argue that the right questions need to be asked in terms of identifying central issues in contemporary Jewish studies and they must be associated with empirical evidence. The authors suggest that a doctoral program in contemporary Jewish studies would require the help of faculty in each department of social sciences who are focused on research concerning contemporary Jewish societies and communities. The authors conclude by asserting that there are no major obstacles to the development of a contemporary Jewish studies doctoral program and that it would be successful.
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Goldscheider, Calvin. Zuckerman, Alan S. Contemporary Jewish Studies in the Social Sciences: Analytic Themes and Doctoral Studies. The New Humanities and Academic Disciplines: The Case of Jewish Studies. The University of Wisconsin Press. 1984: