Against the American Jewish Identity Paradigm (Yitzchak Schwartz)

by contributing editor Yitzchak Schwartz In her 2000 Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies article on American Jewish history, historian Hasia Diner notes a new trend in the field in which a growing number of works were focusing on Jews’ self-understanding and self-presentation. Today, such works seem to have taken over the field, displacing older social […]

I’m reblogging this very strong shot across the scholarly bow re: the fixation on identity and the construction of identity in American Jewish History. It’s a problem common across the entire fields of Jewish Studies. As I see it, the category of identity is pretty thin beer. It doesn’t work as part of an explanatory framework, and it says very little about the given object or phenomenon under study.

via From American Jewish History to American Jewish Studies: Advice for a Complicated Relationship — JHIBlog

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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One Response to Against the American Jewish Identity Paradigm (Yitzchak Schwartz)

  1. yeschwa1 says:

    Thank you for the pingback, zjb. Would love to her more of your thoughts!

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