Publication Date: January 2006
Publisher: Association for the Sociology of Religion
Author(s): Richard Alba
Research Area: Culture and religion
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.
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