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Reframing the Study of Contemporary American Jewish Identity

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Bethamie Horowitz

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: American Jews; Academic research; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Contemporary Jewry 23, 14-34. In this paper I describe the current state of knowledge about contemporary American Jewish identity and propose an agenda for future research. The basic frame within which American Jewish identity has been examined has changed. For many years the main line of inquiry has been "How Jewish are American Jews?". More recently the question has shifted to: "How are American Jews Jewish?"