Coming Out Jewish

Coming Out Jewish

by Jon Stratton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415222087

ISBN-13: 9780415222082

Pub. Date: 06/09/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Like many Jews of our generation, Jon Stratton grew up in a family more concerned about assimilation than about preserving Jewish tradition. While he could easily 'pass' among non-Jews, he found himself increasingly torn between his fear of not belonging and a deeply-felt commitment to his family's past.
Coming Out Jewish examines the unique challenge of

Overview

Like many Jews of our generation, Jon Stratton grew up in a family more concerned about assimilation than about preserving Jewish tradition. While he could easily 'pass' among non-Jews, he found himself increasingly torn between his fear of not belonging and a deeply-felt commitment to his family's past.
Coming Out Jewish examines the unique challenge of constructing an identity amid the clash between ethnicity and conformity. For many Jews, the idea of full assimilation ended with the Holocaust. But the pressure to adapt to the mainstream, Stratton eloquently argues, remains powerful, especially for those with anglicized names, assimilationist parents, a history of recent immigration, or ambivalent experiences of themselves as Jews. With reference to the work of Daniel Boyarin, Ien Ang, and Homi Bhabha, among others, Stratton offers fresh analysis on a wide range of topics, including the Jewish origins of pluralism in the US, anti-Semitism in Germany, the Jewishness of sitcoms like Seinfeld, and the Yiddishization of American culture since World War II.
More than a book about Jews and Jewishness, Coming Out Jewish smartly and accurately mines the Jewish experience in the West to give voice to the issues of migration, Diaspora, assimilation and identity that affect those, displaced and 'othered', around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415222082
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/09/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
Introduction1
Part 1How not to assimilate33
1Speaking as a Jew in British cultural studies35
2European Jews, assimilation and the uncanny53
3Ghetto thinking and everyday life84
Part 2(Dis)placement in the state115
4Jews, representation and the modern state117
5Historicising the idea of diaspora137
6Migrating to utopia164
Part 3Not quite white193
7Jews, race and the White Australia policy195
8Jews and multiculturalism in Australia220
9Making social space for Jews in America251
10Seinfeld is a Jewish sitcom, isn't it?282
Bibliography315
Index333

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