After The Rescue / Edition 1

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n October 1943, the Danish resistance rescued almost all of the Jews in Copenhagen from the occupying Nazis. In the years since, Jews have become deeply engaged in a Danish culture that presents very few barriers of anti-Semitism or prejudice. This book explores the questions that such inclusion raises for the Danish Jews, and what their answers can tell us about the meaning of religion, ethnicity and community in modern society.

Author Biography: Andrew Buckser is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He is author of Communities of Faith: Sectarianism, Identity, and Social Change on a Danish Island.

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"[C]omprehensive, nuanced, and beautifully written. Buckser skillfully weaves data from historical sources with rich ethnography and succeeds in depicting [the Jewish community of Denmark] sensitively and as objectively as is humanly possible. In doing so he provides valuable guidance for how to conduct research when challenged by enormous scale and social complexity, conditions common to late modern urban society." --Leonard Plotnicov, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, and Editor of Ethnology

"After the Rescue is a comprehensive and lively anthropological study of the Jewish community of Copenhagen and Denmark since World War II. Although the author is an anthropologist, the book is equally relevant for sociologists, suggesting that the often arbitrary boundaries between them can be overcome or ignored. After the Rescue is a welcome addition to the ethnic, community and ethnographic literatures of both disciplines." --Herbert J. Gans, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, and author most recently of Democracy and the News

"After the Rescue is a timely contribution to the anthropology of Jews and Judaism. Too long, the Jewish communities of post-Holocaust Europe have figured as nostalgic shells. Now on the eve of the creation of a United States of Europe, Andrew Buckser recuperates the vibrant voices of a remarkable Diaspora community."--Matti Bunzl, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403962706
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Anthropology of Religion Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Buckser is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He is author of Communities of Faith: Sectarianism, Identity, and Social Change on a Danish Island.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Community in Time 19
2 The Religious World: Faith and Ritual Practice in Jewish Copenhagen 55
3 The Communal World: Jewish Subgroups in Copenhagen 103
4 The Social World: The Life and Politics of the Formal Jewish Community 131
5 The Larger World: Relations with the Jewish Community Outside Denmark 155
6 The Danish World: Jewish Difference in Danish Culture 171
7 The World of the Past: Jewish Identities and the Rescue of 1943 189
8 Conclusion: The Future of Danish Jewry and the Anthropological Study of Community 213
Notes 239
Bibliography 253
Index 265
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