Misha Klein

in Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039879
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043784 | DOI:

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This chapter introduces the research focus on Jews in Brazil and presents the book's theoretical framework within the study of ethnicity, diaspora, and transnationalism. The significance of the research is set within the history of the anthropological study of Jews, the study of race and ethnicity in Brazil, and the relevance of studying Jews in the Brazilian context. Studying Jews in Brazil also poses some methodological and ethical challenges that are discussed in this chapter. Through introducing the setting, this chapter also introduces some of the central tensions of Jewish Brazilian identity that are the focus of this book, including cultural differences among Jews of many origins, contrasts between different Jewish denominations, and clashes between Jewish practice and national culture.

Keywords: Methodology; Anthropology of Jews; Race in Brazil; Diaspora; Transnationalism

Chapter.  13347 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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