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Components an Symbols of Ethnic Identity: A Case Study in Informal Education and Identity Formation in Diaspora

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Bar-Ilan University

Author(s): Erik H. Cohen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: World Jews; Academic research; Identity formation

Type: Report


In Applied Psychology: An International Review 53/1, 87-112. This study develops a tool which can help researchers understand the ways in which individuals perceive their own ethnic identity. The components and symbols that determine ethnic identification are analyzed. The author uncovers a structure of identity along two axes: the cognitive/affective and the specific/universal.