On the Sociological Significance of the American Jewish Experience: Boundary Blurring, Assimilation, and Pluralism
Publication Date: January 2006
Publisher(s): Association for the Sociology of Religion
Author(s): Richard Alba
Keywords: American Jews; Identity formation; Jewish identification
Coverage: United States
The most significant feature of the contemporary situation of American Jews is the very significant blurring of boundaries between Jews and other Americans. A non-trivial set of individuals is position ambiguously with respect to Jewish/Gentile boundaries, so that their placement in one or the other category is inherently a matter of definition. The article analyzes how did this state come about and what does it mean.