The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science

The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science

by Amos Morris-Reich
     
 

The transformation of the human sciences into the social sciences in the third part of the 19th century was closely related to attempts to develop and implement methods for dealing with social tensions and the rationalization of society. This book studies the connections between academic disciplines and notions of Jewish assimilation and integration and

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The transformation of the human sciences into the social sciences in the third part of the 19th century was closely related to attempts to develop and implement methods for dealing with social tensions and the rationalization of society. This book studies the connections between academic disciplines and notions of Jewish assimilation and integration and demonstrates that the quest for Jewish assimilation is linked to and built into the conceptual foundations of modern social science disciplines.

Focusing on two influential "assimilated" Jewish authors—anthropologist Franz Boas and sociologist Georg Simmel—this study shows that epistemological considerations underlie the authors’ respective evaluations of the Jews’ assimilation in German and American societies as a form of "group extinction" or as a form of "social identity." This conceptual model gives a new "key" to understanding pivotal issues in recent Jewish history and in the history of the social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415540735
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought Series
Pages:
206

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Language, Culture, and the Representation of the Jews 2. Assimilation as Extinction: Race, Mixture, and Difference 3. From Assimilation to Difference 4. Objects, Definitions, and Assimilation 5. The Aesthetics of Jewish Assimilation: Form and Individuality 6. The "Jew": Object of Research and "Quilting Point". Conclusion

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