Ethnic Capital and Intermarriage: A Case Study of American Jews
Publication Date: January 2006
Publisher(s): Association for the Sociology of 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.