A critical commentary on gans' "symbolic ethnicity and symbolic religiosity" and other formulations of ethnicity and religion regarding American Jews

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Abstract

Gans has recently introduced the concept of symbolic religiosity as parallel to, but yet separate from symbolic ethnicity. Gans sees symbolic religiosity as detached from any comprehensive religious observance or religious affiliation. Recognition of the importance of the religious organization of American Jews leads Gans to suggest an additional meaning of symbolic religiosity which has no parallel in symbolic ethnicity: religious affiliation and observances as symbolic of ethnic concerns. A critique is given of his application of these concepts to his major example, American Jews, and of related discussions by other sociologists of American Jewry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-43
Number of pages19
JournalContemporary Jewry
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies

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