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The Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, Debates

Uzi Rebhun


This book focuses on how Jewry has been studied in the social science disciplines. It discusses sources, approaches, and debates in the complementary fields of demography, sociology, economics, and geography. The social sciences are central for the understanding of contemporary Jewish life and have engendered much controversy over the past few decades. To a large extent, the multitude of approaches toward Jewish social science research reflects the nature of population studies in general, and that of religions and ethnic groups in particular. Yet the variation in methodology, definitions, and ... More

Keywords: Jewry, social sciences, population studies, American Jewry, North African Jewry, Holocaust, Nazi war crimes trials, Jewish historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uzi Rebhun, editor
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Associate Professor and Head of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry

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Symposium: The Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, Debates

Jewish Demography

Sergio DellaPergola, (The Hebrew University)

Measuring the Size and Characteristics of American Jewry

Leonard Saxe, Elizabeth Tighe, and Matthew Boxer, (Brandeis University)

U.S. Jewish Population Studies

David Dutwin, Eran Ben-Porath and Ron Miller, (Jewish Policy and Action Research)

Studies of Jewish Identity and Continuity

Harriet Hartman, (Rowan University)

Defining and Measuring the Socioeconomic Status of Jews

Esther Isabelle Wilder, (Lehman College, Cuny)

The Professional Dilemma of Jewish Social Scientists

Chaim I. Waxman, (Rutgers University)

Contradictory Constructions of “Jewish” in Britain’s Political and Legal Systems

David J. Graham, (Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London) (University of Sydney)

Latin American Jewish Social Studies

Judit Bokser Liwerant, (Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Mexico)

Jews in Israel

Aziza Khazzoom, (Indiana University)

Jewish Majority and Jewish Minority in Israel

Arnon Soffer, (University of Haifa)


Funding Aliyah

Avi Picard, (Bar-Ilan University)

Review Essays

Beyond Nuremberg

Laura Jockusch

The God of History

Olga Litvak

Book Reviews

Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide

Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Dan Michman, Rafael Medoff, Marion Kaplan, Tobias Brinkmann, and Gabriel N. Finder

Cultural Studies, Literature, and Thought

Hanoch Ben-Pazi, Robert M. Seltzer, Rafi Tsirkin-Sadan, Jordan Finkin, and Jeffrey Shandler

History, Social Sciences, and Biography

Ezra Mendelsohn, Frank Wolff, Natasha Gordinsky, Brian Horowitz, Vicki Caron, and Gur Alroey

Zionism, Israel, and the Middle East

Jackie Feldman, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Allan M. Arkush, Ariel Feldestein, and Michael Feige