Jewries at the Frontier

Jewries at the Frontier : Accommodation, Identity, Conflict

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Traversing far-flung Jewish communities in South Africa, Australia, Texas, Brazil, China, New Zealand, Quebec, and elsewhere, this wide-ranging collection explores the notion of "frontier" in the Jewish experience as a historical/geographical reality and a conceptual framework. As a compelling alternative to viewing the periphery only as a locus of dispossession and exile from the "homeland," this work imagines a new Jewish history written as the history of the Jews at the frontier. In this new history, marked by the dynamics of change, confrontation, and accommodation, marginalized experiences are brought to the center and all participants are given voice. By articulating the tension between the center/periphery model and the frontier model, "Jewries at the Frontier" shows how the dynamic confrontation between and among cultures and peoples provides a new, multivocal account of Jewish history.show more

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 25.4mm
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252024095
  • 9780252024092

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"This rich and engaging anthology offers 16 essays exploring the history, culture, and challenges that have confronted an array of Jewish communities. Unique and varied writings about Jews of Alaska, South Africa, Texas, and Australia ... document the roots, flexibility, vitality, and diversity of the Jewish people... Speaks with precision, clarity, and grace." -- Rabbi Dennis S. Ross, MultiCultural Review "Demonstrates the insights social sciences can offer those interested in contemporary Jewish identity and life. The book is very carefully edited, extremely readable, and likely to be popular with students. The range and sophistication of the articles make it useful both for Judaica collections as well as general ones." -- Shaul Stampfer, Religious Studies Review "An extraordinarily sophisticated analytical collection about Jews on a variety of frontiers: linguistic, geographical, intellectual, literary, and cultural." -- Leonard Dinnerstein, Journal of the West "Compelling reading. It documents in a number of well-written essays the various problems that Jews confront and are confronted by when they meet the inhabitants of a new land." -- Lionel Kopelowitz, Jewish Review ADVANCE PRAISE "This collection adds much-needed sophistication to Jewish studies and provides a superb perspective onto margins, frontiers, and identity formations."-Peter Fritzsche, author of Germans into Nazisshow more