Publication Date: January 2006
Publisher: Association for the Sociology of Religion
Author(s): Benjamin T. Phillips; Sylvia Barack Fishman
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: American Jews; Marriage; Jewish identification
Coverage: United States
We propose a model of ethnicity that integrates existing structure-centered approaches with the concepts of ethnic human and social capital in a soft rational choice theory framework. The usefulness of this approach is tested with respect to intermarriage among American Jews. The inclusion of variables measuring ethnic capital provides a significant increase in explanatory power.
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