Doubly Insecure

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:
Doubly Insecure

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Chapter 6 examines the limits to Jewish belonging by exploring urban living, violence, and security as yet another set of factors that condition the Jewish experience in Brazil. Jews in São Paulo are not any more subject to the endemic urban violence than non-Jews; however, they are acutely aware of the transnational nature of the violence involving Jews in some not-so-distant places (such as neighboring Argentina). This fear limits how Jews choose to identify their institutions and themselves as individuals, creating a tension between the integration and acceptance that comes from visibility and the safety that comes from anonymity and invisibility. The protective social and physical barriers they erect serve to alert their non-Jewish neighbors to their external ties, and constantly remind Jews of the fragility of their status as nationals.

Keywords: Urban violence; Anti-semitism; Argentina; Symbolic violence; Security

Chapter.  11161 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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