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Marginalization and Its Discontents: American Jews in Multicultural and Identity Studies

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When it's good for the Jews, it's bad for Judaism". This saying encapsulates the notion that the unprecedented freedom that served Jewish emigrants to the United States and their descendants so well has come at a price. Recent decades have also seen a surge of academic inquiry in the fields of identity and multicultural theory, which have become among "the most extensively studied constructs in the social sciences" and historical research. The research examines issues related to identity in a range of forms, individual, collective, single, multiple, cultural, ethnic, gender, occupational, national, narrative, social and more, all in relation to "the complex interface of diversity in cultural and ethnic heritage in contemporary globalized society". The absence of Jews as subjects within mainstream academic research stands in distinct contrast to another form of invisibility, namely that of Jewish women within the academic literature of feminist theory.

Keywords: feminist theory; globalized society; Jews; Judaism; multicultural theory



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