Jewish Identity: A Social Psychological Perspective / Edition 2

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Employing insights from a broadly conceived social psychology, Simon N. Herman examines contemporary Jewish life in its totality as a constellation of interdependent factors. He sets forth criteria for the Jewish identity, analyzes the religious and national elements that interweave in it, the constancies and variations in that identity across the years and across countries, the impact on it of the Holocaust and the establishment of the state of Israel. An illuminating chapter is devoted to the question "Who is a Jew?" In his foreword to the fkst edition of this volume, Herbert Kelman of Harvard University described it as "a pioneering contribution to the study of ethnic/national identity."

The second edition incorporates additional data derived from two recent studies conducted by the author. It includes a discussion of the direction of changes in the Jewish identity in the decade since publication of the first edition. Special attention is given to the Jewish reactions to the worldwide resurgence of anti-Semitism and to the turbulent events in and around Israel. A careful analysis is undertaken of the factors in the present situation that strengthen and weaken the Jewish identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887382567
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 285

Meet the Author

Simon N. Herman is professor of social psychology in the department of psychology and the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University. A graduate of the University of Cape Town and of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, he continued his studies in the United States at Harvard University and at the Research Center for Group Dynamics (then at M.I.T.), where he worked under its founder, the late professor Kurt Lewin. He has devoted particular attention to the application of the theories and methods of social psychology to the problems of contemporary Jewish life. He is the author of The Reaction of Jews to Anti-Semitism; American Students in Israel; and Israelis and Jews: The Continuity of an Identity.

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