Ethnic Capital and Intermarriage: A Case Study of American Jews

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

Type: Report

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.