Ethnic Mediation in Political Socialization: Concepts of Power and Legitimacy in the Orthodox Jewish Coomunity
Publication Date: January 1983
Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s): Annette Steigelfest
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Political behavior; Religious denominations
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.