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Through the lens of her immigrant family's history, Brodkin (anthropology, UCLA) analyzes what the shifting ethnoracial assignment and identification of American Jews through the 1960s—in tandem with gender and class—signify for defining "American." Includes 20-plus pages of references.
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TBrodkin (Caring by the Hour), a professor of anthropology at UCLA, synthesizes much recent scholarship to assess the shifting notions of race?and changing objects of racism?in the U.S. She points out that racial inferiority has been ascribed to waves of immigrants only when they were used as unskilled labor. She notes how "Jewish whiteness became American whiteness" after WWII, when Jews began to speak as whites and Jewish intellectuals "contrasted themselves with a mythic blackness." A self-described secular Jew situated in leftist academic circles, Brodkin somewhat awkwardly weaves familial reflections into her otherwise academic book. While intriguing, Brodkin's treatment is hardly exhaustive. She argues that her New York parents and grandparents "lived in a time when Jews were not white"; however, that focus on Jewish racial self-assignment obscures the somewhat murkier role of Jews in the South, as well as those who ran shops or provided social services in the inner cities of the North. She repeats her overall thesis?that racism and the construction of racial identity is the foundational principle of American identity and American capitalism?over and over, but her argument is no more convincing for all the repetition.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-226) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813525907
Author:
Brodkin, Karen
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J. :
Subject:
Judaism - Beliefs Practices Rituals
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Judaism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- Identity.
Subject:
Judaism-Rituals and Practice
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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TBrodkin (Caring by the Hour), a professor of anthropology at UCLA, synthesizes much recent scholarship to assess the shifting notions of race?and changing objects of racism?in the U.S. She points out that racial inferiority has been ascribed to waves of immigrants only when they were used as unskilled labor. She notes how "Jewish whiteness became American whiteness" after WWII, when Jews began to speak as whites and Jewish intellectuals "contrasted themselves with a mythic blackness." A self-described secular Jew situated in leftist academic circles, Brodkin somewhat awkwardly weaves familial reflections into her otherwise academic book. While intriguing, Brodkin's treatment is hardly exhaustive. She argues that her New York parents and grandparents "lived in a time when Jews were not white"; however, that focus on Jewish racial self-assignment obscures the somewhat murkier role of Jews in the South, as well as those who ran shops or provided social services in the inner cities of the North. She repeats her overall thesis?that racism and the construction of racial identity is the foundational principle of American identity and American capitalism?over and over, but her argument is no more convincing for all the repetition.

Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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