Academic journal article Shofar

Society and Culture

Academic journal article Shofar

Society and Culture

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Society and Culture

The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements, by Kevin MacDonald. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998. 392 pp. ISBN 0-275-96113-3.

Kevin MacDonald provides a theoretical analysis and review of data on the tendency among highly influential, Jewish-dominated intellectual movements to develop radical critiques of gentile culture that are compatible with the continuity of Jewish identification. These movements are viewed as the outcome of the fact that Jews and gentiles have different interests in the construction of culture and in various public policy issues.

Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration, edited by R. Stephen Warner and Judith G. Wittner. Philadelphia: Temple University Press,1998.416 pp. ISBN 1-56639-613-1 (c); 1-56639-614-X (p).

This book explores and analyzes the diverse religious communities of post-1965 diasporas in America: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Rastafarians, and practitioners of Vodou, from countries such as China, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Korea, and Mexico. The contributors consider how, to a greater or lesser extent, immigrants and their offspring adapt their religious institutions to American conditions.

Jewish Centers and Peripheries: Europe Between America and Israel Fifty Years after World War II, edited by S. Ilan Troen. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1998. 428 pp. ISBN 1-56000-373-1.

After World War II, the center of gravity for world Jewry moved outside Europe to Israel and America. …

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