The Jewish Question

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195162509
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943364 | DOI:
The Jewish Question

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This chapter examines the extraordinary difficulties encountered by the project to incorporate Jewish out-groups into Western civil societies. The discussion covers Jews and the dilemmas of assimilative incorporation; anti-Semitic arguments for Jewish incorporation; initial Jewish arguments for self-change; religious and secular modes of Jewish adaptation to the dilemmas of assimilation; new forms of symbolic reflection and social response in the fin de siècle; and the crisis of anti-Semitic assimilation in the interwar period.

Keywords: Jews; Jewish incorporation; self-change; assimilative incorporation; anti-Semitic assimilation

Chapter.  16970 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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