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Mixed Marriages - The Demographer's View

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Publication Date: January 1977

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): H. V. Musham

Series: Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1977)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Demography; Academic research; Marriage

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author comments on the use of terminology vis-à-vis mixed marriages. The author emphasizes two points: first, that it is outside the competence of the demographer as a scientist to qualify demographic events, levels or trends as "good" or "bad." Second, politicians, historians, community leaders, welfare workers and others may wish to qualify the demographer's findings about mixed marriages by value statements. However, if they rely on the full gamut of the results of an unprejudiced and comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon, the opinions will certainly be mixed.