By Cynthia M. Baker

ISBN-10: 081356302X

ISBN-13: 9780813563022

ISBN-10: 0813563038

ISBN-13: 9780813563039

Jew.  The notice possesses an uncanny strength to impress and unsettle. For millennia, Jew has signified the consummate Other, a power fly within the ointment of Western civilization’s grand narratives and cultural initiatives. basically very lately, although, has Jew been reclaimed as a time period of self-identification and satisfaction.  
With those insights as some extent of departure, this booklet deals a wide-ranging exploration of the most important be aware Jew—a time period that lies not just on the center of Jewish event, yet certainly on the middle of Western civilization. analyzing scholarly debates concerning the origins and early meanings of Jew, Cynthia M. Baker interrogates different types like “ethnicity,” “race,” and “religion” that necessarily function in makes an attempt to outline the note. Tracing the term’s evolution, she additionally illuminates its many contradictions, revealing how Jew has served as a marker of materialism and intellectualism, socialism and capitalism, worldly cosmopolitanism and clannish parochialism, selected prestige, and accursed stigma.
Baker proceeds to discover the complicated demanding situations that attend the trendy appropriation of Jew as a time period of self-identification, with forays into Yiddish language and tradition, in addition to meditations on Jew-as-identity by means of modern public intellectuals. eventually, by way of tracing the word new Jews via a number contexts—including the early Zionist move, present debates approximately Muslim immigration to Europe, and up to date sociological reviews within the United States—the e-book presents a glimpse of what the observe Jew is coming to intend in an period of web cultures, genetic sequencing, precarious nationalisms, and proliferating identities.

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