How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America by Karen Brodkin

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An assessment of how race, class, and gender shape social identity in the United States. The author argues that changes in racial assignment have shaped the ways American Jews of different eras have constructed their own ethnoracial identities.
 

About Karen Brodkin

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Karen Brodkin is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of "Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles" and "How Jews Became White Folks: And What That Says About Race in America" (both Rutgers University Press).
 
Published October 1, 1998 by Rutgers University Press. 264 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Unfortunately, Brodkin’s perspective, which draws heavily on “African American, neo-Marxist and critical race theory,” neglects entirely or scants a number of key factors in the growing acceptance of Jews as full-fledged whites, such as the post-Holocaust rejection of the concept of a “Jewish rac...

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Brodkin (Caring by the Hour), a professor of anthropology at UCLA, synthesizes much recent scholarship to assess the shifting notions of race--and changing objects of racism--in the U.S. She points out that racial inferiority has been ascribed to waves of immigrants only when they were used as un...

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