Memory vs. Markets: The Future of Jewish Identity
Publication Date: January 2002
Author(s): Riv-Ellen Prell
Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Modernity; Identity Formation; Culture
The author speculates on the future of the formation of cultural identity in an era where everything, including culture and cultural practices, seems subject to a marketplace mentality. The Jewish community must seek out and create spaces and institutions that allow it to shape and transmit alternative forms of culture, based in memory, values, and social collectivity, that can resist the allure of the market as a source of identity.