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Ethnic Mediation in Political Socialization: Concepts of Power and Legitimacy in the Orthodox Jewish Coomunity

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Publication Date: January 1983

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

Author(s): Annette Steigelfest

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: American Jews; Political behavior; Religious denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Contemporary Jewry 6/2 53-70. This article holds that the ethnic group operates as a mediating variable in the politicizing process. Transmissions of the political values of the larger society are filtered through group perceptions. The group socialization is more conscious, overt and controlled than that of the larger system. The article takes the Orthodox Jews as a study case to focus on status-power relationships and attitudes toward authority. The subjects were elementary school children.