Two Worlds of Jewish Social Research

By Steven M. Cohen

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2002

Cohen contrasts Jewish social researchers, keen on influencing the Jewish communal world, who orient their work and writing to a lay audience of communal policymakers and practitioners, with other Jewish Studies scholars, whose professional self-conception abjures engagement with the "real world". Although social researchers' seeking of influence, access, and notice seems at variance with a "pure" process of seeking truth and presenting it, he asserts that the continued interplay between scholarly and communal audiences serves to enrich the work of social scientists of the Jewish experience while also enriching the Jewish community.

Topic: Sociology, Policy, Judaic Studies, Jewish Organizations, Research, Jewish Studies, Scholarship, Academic Research

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.596

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Two Worlds of Jewish Social Research. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2002: 10-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7867


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