Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity

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Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity
Title:
Diasporas and Exiles: Varieties of Jewish Identity
Author:
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ISBN:
0520228642
ISBN13:
978-0520228641
Size PDF:
1747 kb
Size epub:
1733 kb
Publisher:
University of California Press (October 7, 2002)
Language:
English
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4.3
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496

Diaspora, considered as a context for insights into Jewish identity, brings together a lively, interdisciplinary group of scholars in this innovative volume. Readers needn't expect, however, to find easy agreement on what those insights are. The concept "diaspora" itself has proved controversial; galut, the traditional Hebrew expression for the Jews' perennial condition, is better translated as "exile." The very distinction between diaspora and exile, although difficult to analyze, is important enough to form the basis of several essays in this fine collection.

"Identity" is an even more elusive concept. The contributors to Diasporas and Exiles explore Jewish identity—or, more accurately, Jewish identities—from the mutually illuminating perspectives of anthropology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, German history, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. These contributors bring exciting new emphases to Jewish and cultural studies, as well as the emerging field of diaspora studies. Diasporas and Exiles mirrors the richness of experience and the attendant virtual impossibility of definition that constitute the challenge of understanding Jewish identity.

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