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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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The Jewish Question

The Jewish Question

Anti-Semitism and the Failure of Assimilation

(p.459) Chapter 18 The Jewish Question
The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

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

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