Rethinking Jewish-Latin Americans

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This edited volume places Jewish-Latin Americans within the context of Latin American and ethnic studies. It departs from traditional scholarship that segregates Jews as inhabitants in Latin America republics rather than as citizens of Latin American republics. The essays draw examples primarily from Argentina and Brazil, the two South American countries with the largest Jewish populations, and span from the late nineteenth century into the 1990s.

By giving primacy to the national identity of Jewish-Latin Americans, the essays included here emphasize human actors and accounts of lived experiences. Lesser and Rein's thought-provoking introduction outlines seven new formulations of the relationship between Jews, the nation-state, and their Diasporic experience. Individual contributors then pursue new perspectives of the Jewish experience, including those of the working class, labor organizing and anarchist activities, women, and the reconceptualization of racism and anti-Semitism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826344014
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2008
  • Series: Dialogos Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Lesser is Winship Distinguished Research Professor of the Humanities and director of Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University. He is the award-winning author of numerous books, most recently A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980.

Raanan Rein is professor of Latin American and Spanish history and vice rector of Tel Aviv University. Rein's many publications include In the Shadow of PerĂ³n: Juan Atilio Bramuglia and the Second Line of Argentina's Populist Movement.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction   Jeffrey Lesser   Raanan Rein     1
New Approaches to Ethnicity and Diaspora in Twentieth-Century Latin America   Jeffrey Lesser   Raanan Rein     23
How the Jews Became Japanese and Other Stories of Nation and Ethnicity   Jeffrey Lesser     41
What's in a Stereotype? The Case of Jewish Anarchists in Argentina   Jose C. Moya     55
Beyond the State and Ideology: Immigration of the Jewish Community to Brazil, 1937-1945   Roney Cytrynowicz     89
The Scene of the Transaction: "Jewishness," Money, and Prostitution in the Brazilian Imaginary   Erin Graff Zivin     106
Protest from Afar: The Jewish and Republican Presence in Victoria Ocampo's Revista SUR in the 1930s and 1940s   Rosalie Sitman     132
Changing the Landscape: The Study of Argentine-Jewish Women and New Historical Vistas   Sandra McGee Deutsch     161
Women's Organizations and Jewish Orphanages in Buenos Aires, 1918-1955   Donna J. Guy     187
Nation and Holocaust Narration: Uruguay's Memorial del Holocausto del Pueblo Judio   Edna Aizenberg     207
Singing for Social Change: Nostalgic Memory and the Struggle for Belonging in a Buenos Aires YiddishChorus   Natasha Zaretsky     231
The Ethnic Dilemmas of Latin American Jewry   Judah M. Cohen     266
Editors and Contributors     285
Index     288
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