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The Place of Ethnic Identity in the Development of Personal Identity: A Challenge for the Jewish Family

Peter Y. Medding

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume XIV: Coping with Life and Death: Jewish Families in the Twentieth Century

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128208
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128208.003.0001

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

The Place of Ethnic Identity in the Development of Personal Identity: A Challenge for the Jewish Family

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This chapter presents a general approach to the development of personal identity, exploring the ways in which various group identities may be incorporated into the emerging personal identity of an individual. The approach is based on a conceptual model developed for the analysis of social influence and extended to the analysis of personal involvement in social systems. This model is not specifically addressed to identity formation, but it has some relevance to the development of identity both at the level of the individual and at that of the group — that is, both to personal and to national or ethnic identity. The chapter explores the implications of this model for identity formation at these two levels, with special reference to Jewish identity.

Keywords: Jewish identity; Jewish family; personal identity; group identities; social influence

Chapter.  13278 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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