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The Use and Misuse of Distinctive Jewish Names in Research on Jewish Populations

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Barry Kosmin; Stanley Waterman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)

Keywords: World Jews; Academic research; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: Great Britain


In Jewish Population Studies 19 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1985),1-9. This paper is intended to set out some interesting empirical findings and to highlight some of the difficulties of applying the "Distinctive Jewish Name" (DJN) for Social Research on Jews in Britain. The study involved a variety of methods in order to reach a reliable estimate and map the number of Jews in Greater London in 1984.