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Socio-Ideological Differentiation in the U.S. Jewish Population

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Publication Date: January 1977

Publisher(s): Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Fred Massarik

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

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Demography; Academic research; Jewish identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The concept of 'Socio-Ideological type' provides a useful framework for systematic analysis of underlying Jewish population characteristics and emerging trends. Significant relationships between designated socio-ideological types and various demographic characteristics have been previously reported. The question now arises whether 'socio-ideological type' analysis also facilitates systematic differentiations relating to the quality of Jewish affiliation and with regard to 'subjective' elements, such as attitudes toward Jewishness, Israel and the non-Jewish environment. This paper addresses several issues associated with this inquiry.