Beyond the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey: A Research Agenda
Publication Date: January 1993
Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s): Sidney Goldstein
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Academic research
Coverage: United States
In Contemporary Jewry 14, 147-164. In the post-NJPS-1990 period, research on American Jewry faces key challenges: 1)reexamination of basic conceptual issues, including "who is a Jew," selection of the most appropriate indicators of Jewish identity, and understanding the interrelations among contextual factors, national linkages, social networks, and Jewish identity; 2) methodological issues such as fuller achievement of representative and standardized national coverage, development of in-depth follow-up studies, more effective comparative research among communities and between Jews and non-Jews, and greater reliance on multi-disciplinary perspectives and qualitative approaches; 3) fuller integration of research with planning; and 4) expansion of personnel resources.