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“Majority Societies” In Jewish Diasporas: Latin American Experiences

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Even when they settled in &t;Jewish neighbourhoods,&t; of other countries, the Jewish immigrants were still part of their new larger society, merged among non-Jews. While not necessarily socializing with them, they could not escape the impact of their culture, habits, way of life and values. Yet there were cases in which Jewish immigrants did not fall in line with these general processes. This chapter looks at two such cases from the Jewish Latin-American experience, which were caused by two different prevailing conditions: physical isolation and an utter estrangement. These cases might provide the bases of paradigms for understanding other &t;insular majority societies,&t; both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Keywords: insular majority societies; Jewish immigrants; mutual estrangement



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