The Politics of American Jews

Author: Herbert F. Weisberg

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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Jewish voting is distinctive and paradoxical. Stereotypes about the voting habits of American Jews include that they vote at unusually high levels, that they’re liberal, that they vote for Democratic candidates without regard to their self-interest, and that Israel is their most important issue. Not only are all of those claims wrong, but they obscure aspects of Jews’ voting behavior that are much more interesting. The Politics of American Jews uncovers new perspectives on Jews’ political choices by analyzing the unprecedented amount of survey data that is now available, including surveys that permit contrasting the voting of Jews with that of comparable non-Jews. The data suggest several mysteries about Jewish voting. While more Jews are Democrats than are liberals, there has not been a previous exploration of why more politically conservative Jews are not Republicans. A fresh picture of Jews’ political behaviors shows that Jews are no longer politically monolithic. They vote on the basis of their self-interest and their values, but not all Jews share the same self-interest or the same values. While most Jews have incorporated being Democratic and liberal into their political DNA, growing divisions in their ranks suggest a mutation could occur.

The Politics and Public Culture of American Jews

Author: Arthur A. Goren

Publisher: Indiana University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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These strikingly lucid and accessible essays, ranging over nearly a century of Jewish communal life, examine the ways in which immigrant Jews grappled with issues of group survival in an open and accepting American society. Ten case studies focus on Jewish strategies for maintaining a collective identity while participating fully in American society and public life. Readers will find that these essays provide a fresh, provocative, and compelling look at the fundamental question facing American Jewry at the end of the 20th century, as at its start: how to assure Jewish survival in the benign conditions of American freedom.

The Politics of Religious Conflict

Church and State in America

Author: Richard E. Morgan

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : University Press of America


Category: Church and state

Page: 156

View: 398

American Zionism: Missions and Politics

American Jewish History

Author: Jeffrey Gurock

Publisher: Routledge


Category: History

Page: 521

View: 886

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

On Modern Jewish Politics

Author: Ezra Mendelsohn

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Page: 184

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This book is a concise guide to and analysis of the complexities of modern Jewish politics in the interwar European and American diaspora. "Jewish politics" refers to the different and opposing visions of the Jewish future as formulated by various Jewish political parties and organizations and their efforts to implement their programs and thereby solve the "Jewish question." Mendelsohn begins by attempting a typology of these Jewish political parties and organizations, dividing them into a number of schools or "camps." He then suggests a "geography" of Jewish politics by locating the core areas of the various camps. There follows an analysis of the competition among the various Jewish political camps for hegemony in the Jewish world--an analysis that pays particular attention to the situation in the United States and Poland, the two largest diasporas, in the 1920s and 1930s. The final chapters ask the following questions: what were the sources of appeal of the various Jewish political camps (such as the Jewish left and Jewish nationalism), to what extent did the various factions succeed in their efforts to implement their plans for the Jewish future, and how were Jewish politics similar to, or different from, the politics of other minority groups in Europe and America? Mendelsohn concludes with a discussion of the great changes that have occurred in the world of Jewish politics since World War II.

After the Revolution

Studies in the Contemporary Jewish American Imagination

Author: Mark Shechner

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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After the Revolution follows the lives of Jewish-American writers in the 1940's and 1950's who were both political and literary, and whose writing grew out of their politics. Mark Shechner shows how the ferment of post-Marxist thought in those decades spurred the writings of Lionel Trilling, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Issac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth (cover).

American Political Theology

Historical Perspective and Theoretical Analysis

Author: Charles W. Dunn

Publisher: Greenwood


Category: Political theology

Page: 195

View: 252

Jews in American Politics

Author: Louis Sandy Maisel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: History

Page: 506

View: 490

Brings together a complete picture of the past, present, and future of Jewish political participation.

Blacks in the Jewish Mind

A Crisis of Liberalism

Author: Seth Forman

Publisher: NYU Press


Category: Religion

Page: 274

View: 241

Investigates what Jewish thinking on African Americans reveals about Jewish identity in the United States, and argues that the commitment of Jews to liberalism led them to act in ways that were contrary to their own interests