Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life

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In Gender and American Jews, Harriet Hartman and Moshe Hartman interpret the results of the two most recent National Jewish Population Surveys. Building on their critical work in Gender Equality and American Jews (1996), and drawing on relevant sociological work on gender, religion, and secular achievement, this new book brings their analysis of gendered patterns in contemporary Jewish life right to the present moment.

The first part of the book examines the distinctiveness of ...

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Overview

In Gender and American Jews, Harriet Hartman and Moshe Hartman interpret the results of the two most recent National Jewish Population Surveys. Building on their critical work in Gender Equality and American Jews (1996), and drawing on relevant sociological work on gender, religion, and secular achievement, this new book brings their analysis of gendered patterns in contemporary Jewish life right to the present moment.

The first part of the book examines the distinctiveness of American Jews in terms of family behavior, labor-force patterns, and educational and occupational attainment. The second investigates the interrelationships between "Jewishness" and religious, economic, and family behavior, including intermarriage. Deploying an engaging assortment of charts and graphs and a rigorous grasp of statistics, the Hartmans provide a multifaceted portrait of a multidimensional population.

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“Gender and American Jews: Patterns in Work, Education and Family in Contemporary Life is an important book about the gendered life of American Jews. Indeed, it is more than that; it is a glimpse into the gendered dimensions of a population that should provide the litmus test of how far we have come and/or still need to go in contemporary U.S.A. when we speak about gender parity. . . The next National Jewish Population Survey, and all of us who do research on, by, and for Jews, can only benefit from the intelligent, careful, and insightful analysis of these authors.”—Shofar

“Robert Liberles’ book Jews Welcome Coffee adds considerably to our understanding of the effects of the importation, sale, and preparation of coffee on German Jewry during the 18th century.” —jewishideasdaily.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584657569
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

HARRIET HARTMAN is Professor of Sociology, Rowan University, and President of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. MOSHE HARTMAN is a retired Professor of Sociology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
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Table of Contents

Preface Sylvia Barack Fishman ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Gender and American Jews and the Significance of the Inquiry 1

Part I The Distinctiveness of Gendered Patterns of Secular Achievement Among American Jews

Chapter 2 Education Patterns: The Foundation of Family and Economic Roles 13

Chapter 3 Family Patterns of American Jews 25

Chapter 4 Labor Force Participation and Occupational Achievement 44

Chapter 5 Dual-Earning Patterns of American Jews 88

Part II Ways of Being Jewish and the Distinctive Secular Roles of American Jewish Women and Men

Chapter 6 Gendered Patterns of Jewishness 121

Chapter 7 How Jewishness is Related to Family Patterns of American Jews 152

Chapter 8 How Jewishness is Related to Gendered Patterns of Secular Achievement 172

Chapter 9 How Jewishness is Related to American Jews' Dual-Earning Patterns 203

Chapter 10 Intermarriage and Gendered Patterns of Secular Achievement 230

Part III Conclusions

Chapter 11 Conclusions and a Look to the Future 253

Appendix Statistical Tables 269

Notes 277

References 283

Index 295

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