The Components of Ethnic Identity: A Cross-Cultural Theory and Case Study of Jewish Student Activists

By Erik H. Cohen

Mandel Foundation, 2009

A surfeit of choices, the hallmark of the post-modern era, has made the development and maintenance of personal and group identities increasingly confusing. In order to examine the identities of Jewish "future leaders" around the world, the author examined results from surveys collected from fifteen countries wherein respondents indicated whether they were Jewish (1) by birth, (2) by commitment, (3) by culture, (4) by loyalty, (5) by education, (6) by choice, (7) by religion, (8) in relation to Israel, and/or (9) in reaction to anti-Semitism. A detailed analysis of the responses demonstrates the differences in Jewish communities around the world and the diverse character of the developing leadership of world Jewry.

Topic: Youth, Jewish Identification, Education, Survey, Leadership, Students

Name of Publication: Educational Eclectics: Essays in Memory of Shlomo (Seymour) Fox by Graduates of the Mandel Leadership Institute

Editor: Sorek, Israel , Wygoda, Shmuel

Page Number(s): 15-47

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Cohen, Erik H. The Components of Ethnic Identity: A Cross-Cultural Theory and Case Study of Jewish Student Activists. Educational Eclectics: Essays in Memory of Shlomo (Seymour) Fox by Graduates of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Mandel Foundation. 2009: 15-47. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4800


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