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Jewish Identities in Postcommunist Russia and Ukraine An Uncertain Ethnicity

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ISBN-10: 1107608732

ISBN-13: 9781107608733

Edition: 2012

Authors: Zvi Gitelman

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Before the USSR collapsed, ethnic identities were imposed by the state. This book analyzes how and why Jews decided what being Jewish meant to them after the state dissolved and describes the historical evolution of Jewish identities. Surveys of more than 6,000 Jews in the early and late 1990s reveal that Russian and Ukrainian Jews have a deep sense of their Jewishness but are uncertain what it means. They see little connection between Judaism and being Jewish. Their attitudes toward Judaism, intermarriage and Jewish nationhood differ dramatically from those of Jews elsewhere. Many think Jews can believe in Christianity and do not condemn marrying non-Jews. This complicates their…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 379
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science, Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among other works, Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press).

Ethnicity and identity
The evolution of Jewish identities
Soviet policies and the Jewish nationality
Constructing Jewishness in Russia and Ukraine
Judaism and Jewishness: religion and ethnicity in Russia and Ukraine
Becoming Soviet Jews: friendship patterns
Acting Jewish
Anti-Semitism and Jewish identity
Identity, Israel, and immigration
Ethnicity and marriage
Polities, affect, affiliation, and alienation