Keywords:dual pluralization; Peter Beyer

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A major aspiration of the research was to delve into collective identity issues among Germany's Jews. This chapter brings in the feelings of the interviewed leading figures who, as a rule, tended to focalize, in this respect on Jews' attachment to Israel. One of the major topics addressed in our questionnaire concerned the contours of collective identities. We defined this topic as primarily involving the feeling of being part of wider collectives - i.e. allegiance to the Jewish people, solidarity with Israel, and the attitude toward the German nation and the country of origin. The chapter then examines the perception of Jewishness in the two groups: RSJs and Vets.

Keywords:collective identities; Germany; Israel; leading figures; RSJs; Vets


Religious communities often belong to these more "militant" groups, where religiosity endows a special transcendental significance to their particularism. As Peter Beyer emphasizes, religion may offer a solid ground for plural- ism in society and a strong axis of transnational links. Diasporic communities are simultaneously agents of pluralization of their present societies, and of their transnational diasporas. This dual pluralization that radiates from transnational diasporas, assumes immense importance in the context of their contemporary multiplication throughout the world, and shows how far they represent a genuine makeover of our notion of "one world".

Keywords:dual pluralization; Peter Beyer




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