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Ethnicity as a Primordial-Situational-Constructed Experience: Different Times, Different Places, Different Constellations

Morawska, E (2011) 'Ethnicity as a Primordial-Situational-Constructed Experience: Different Times, Different Places, Different Constellations.' In: Lederhendler, E, (ed.) Ethnicity and Beyond, Theories and Dilemmas of Jewish Group Demarcation. Studies in Contemporary Jewry . Oxford University Press USA, 3 - 25. ISBN 9780199793495

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Abstract

This essay argues for a flexible, context- and actor-dependent understanding of ethnicity, and illustrates this proposition by means of three sets of historical cases of Jewish communities compared and contrasted over time and across space. The first set examines the same group compared over time: commercial middle-class Jews in Venice during the period of residential dispersion (14th and 15th centuries) and in the ghetto era (early 16th through 17th centuries). The second comparison reconstructs the changed compositions of ethnicity over time among the same people, German Jewish intelligentsia in the Socialist movement in Berlin at the turn of the 20th century and in the interwar period. Finally, the third set compares the same group across space: Soviet/post-Soviet Jews in Tel Aviv and in Philadelphia from the late 1980s until the present.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 12:17
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1781

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