Marrying Out

Marrying Out : Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood

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When American Jewish men intermarry, goes the common assumption, they and their families are "lost" to the Jewish religion. Inthis provocative book, Keren R. McGinity shows that it is not necessarily so. She looks at intermarriage and parenthood through the eyes of a post-World War II cohort of Jewish men and discovers what intermarriage has meant to them and their families. She finds that these husbands strive to bring up their children as Jewish without losing their heritage.Marrying Outargues that the "gendered ethnicity" of intermarried Jewish men, growing out of their religious and cultural background, enables them to raise Jewish children. McGinity's book is a major breakthrough in understanding Jewish men's experiences as husbands and fathers, how Christian women navigate their roles and identities while married to them, and what needs to change for American Jewry to flourish.Marrying Outis a must read for Jewish men and all the women who love more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 31 b&w illus.
  • 0253013194
  • 9780253013194

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In Marrying Out . . . historian Keren R. McGinity uses qualitative research to dismantle assumptions about the lives and attitudes of intermarried Jewish men. * Journal of Jewish Identities * McGinity, a groundbreaking scholar, captures the telling details and the idiosyncratic trajectory of interfaith relationships and marriages in America. But as academic as McGinity's work is, it is also highly personal. * The Forward * [P]rovides a penetrative analysis of how Jewish men are not 'lost' to Jewish communities but rather shape their own identities as Jewish husbands and fathers.12/29/15 * Marginalia * [A] fresh and lucid look at intermarriage . . .McGinity integrates her findings with an impressive command of the social and historical research on intermarriage, making this book an important analysis of this thorny issue. . . .filled with vivid vignettes about intermarried couples. * Jewish Book World *show more

About Keren R. McGinity

Keren R. McGinity is affiliated with Brandeis University. She is the author of Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Of Mice and Menschen1. Professional Men2. Sex and Money3. Shiksappeal4. Heartbreak KidConclusionNotesSuggested ReadingIndex About the Authorshow more

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