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by Eric L. Goldstein

eBook The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity epub
  • ISBN: 0691121052
  • Author: Eric L. Goldstein
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Sociology
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 19, 2006)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • ePUB size: 1377 kb
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The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century.

The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century.

The Price of Whiteness book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity as Want to Read: Want to Read saving. Start by marking The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The book traces Jews' often tumultuous encounter with race from the 1870s through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mainstream and abandoned the practice of describing themselves in racial terms.

Eric L. Goldstein's book should be among the very first stops for those wishing to approach the subject of Jews and . Goldstein's book should be among the very first stops for those wishing to approach the subject of Jews and race in America. Goldstein's careful unearthing of what Jews actually said and how they really behaved is an important contribution to the fields of American Jewish history and ethnic studies.

The Beginnings of The Price of Whiteness. By Eric L. Goldstein. Ultimately I realized my dilemma was not unique, and that American Jews had been struggling for more than a century with the question of what it meant to be Jewish in a black and white world. The Price of Whiteness grew out of several encounters I had in graduate school while studying American and Jewish history at the University of Michigan. Since the work of historians is grounded in the past, we don’t often get to do the exciting fieldwork of an anthropologist or ethnographer.

The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held i. .

The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity . The Price of Whiteness concludes that while Jews’ status as white has opened many doors for them, it has also placed limits on their ability to assert themselves as a group apart. Eric L. Goldstein is associate professor of history and Jewish studies at Emory University.

In his interesting and important book, The Price of Whiteness: Jews .

In his interesting and important book, The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity, Eric Goldstein grapples with the question of how members of the American Jewish community have attempted to answer the question, what is a Jew? At times, Jews have considered themselves to be a religion, a people, a nation, and a race. The question of Jewish identity is a topic considered by many scholars, who have puzzled over the alternatives but who have yet to arrive at a clear resolution

Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in American Jewish Identity The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and . Eric Goldstein, an American historian, has written a fascinating, meticulously documented book that concerns another aspect of Jewish identity.

Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in American Jewish Identity The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity, by Eric L. Goldstein, Princeton University Press, 2006, 307 p. He shows that American Jews’ definition of the Jewish collectivity, for themselves as well as for others, has undergone significant changes over the past two centuries, to a large extent reflecting their varying sense of security in American society.

What has it meant to be Jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of black and white? The Price of Whiteness documents the uneasy place Jews have held in America's racial culture since the late nineteenth century. The book traces Jews' often tumultuous encounter with race from the 1870s through World War II, when they became vested as part of America's white mainstream and abandoned the practice of describing themselves in racial terms.

American Jewish history is often told as a story of quick and successful adaptation, but Goldstein demonstrates how the process of identifying as white Americans was an ambivalent one, filled with hard choices and conflicting emotions for Jewish immigrants and their children. Jews enjoyed a much greater level of social inclusion than African Americans, but their membership in white America was frequently made contingent on their conformity to prevailing racial mores and on the eradication of their perceived racial distinctiveness. While Jews consistently sought acceptance as whites, their tendency to express their own group bonds through the language of "race" led to deep misgivings about what was required of them.

Today, despite the great success Jews enjoy in the United States, they still struggle with the constraints of America's black-white dichotomy. The Price of Whiteness concludes that while Jews' status as white has opened many doors for them, it has also placed limits on their ability to assert themselves as a group apart.

Comments: (7)
Elizabeth
Goldstein paints a vivid picture of Jews' original indifference to racial dynamics in America and their subsequent efforts to be endorsed as 'belonging to the white family of races.' He then tracks later Jewish attempts to disassociate from whiteness and the cultural difficulties that result. Really interesting.
Jozrone
An excellent chronological and logical overview of the development and complexity of Jewish Identity in the history of the United States, specifically as the immigrants from Europe attempt to end their own history of discrimination. The book introduces those who are first time readers in the subject to the name of the many Jewish organizations that have formed through the history of the US, representing different Jewish group interests. The book gives a beginning of an understanding to the complex relationship between Jews and Blacks, but leaves this topic barely on the surface. The book suffers from lack of depth in its analysis of this history but gives us from where to begin the study of this fascinating topic.
Erienan
From the time that Gd spoke to Abraham, two questions have been bugging everyone, Who is a Jew? What is a Jew? The answer is that Jews are a religious and ethnic group (People) no different than Armenians or Greeks.

Ok that's my opinion but everyone else has to have their say and their opinion. And I do mean everybody. In reality, we are who we are and who we say we are, and everyone else can pound sand. Somethings are self defining, like being a member of the counter-culture in the 60s.

Professor Goldstein, being a professor, spends a lot of time telling us just about the same thing, but who's gonna read a one paragraph book. His thesis is well documented and thought out, but it's a little dry. (I guess he didn't get the jewish comedy gene.)

Academically the book is a fine addition to the discussion of Jews as whites but doesn't address the culture versus religion question.

Zeb Kantrowitz
Grotilar
This book deals with a number of different issues sourounding Jewish identity in America at least partly as it realtes to the white majority and the black minority between which they found themselves in New York City and during the civil rights movement.

The most original and inishgtful argument here is that Jews attached themselves to the white melieu and abandoned their 'coloured' identity of belonging to the minorities, such as Blacks, Asians and Hispanics. However this is where the major problem begins. It is not just Jewish identity that became connected to 'white, european western civilization' but rather a process whereby European-white civilization decided to craft the Jews into a white identity in the post-Holocaust period. Under the guise of arguing that Hitlers racial theories were lies there was a drive to create a 'new Jew' whereby Jews had to be assimilated into the white majoirty, thus the Jews became 'white'. But this book doesnt see the two sided process. It also doesnt ask the central question: "is race merely a contrived fake idea, created in the 19th century and perhaps worth abandoning?" The author assumes that whites see themselves as seperate from the 'others' but this is a ludicrous idea that only exists among the leftist-white upper classes who see everything in AMerica based on varying degrees of skin color. Logical people realize ethnicity and race are mostly self identity frauds.

Seth J. Frantzman
FEISKO
Eric Goldstein's book demonstrates the thoughtfulness and intellectual courage of a deep thinker. This pleasant and readable book is accessible to both lay readers and scholars alike. Kudos to a bright, young talent!
Xwnaydan
This engaging study should be required reading for anyone interested in the fields of American History, Jewish History, and Race Relations. Eric Goldstein's work is a tour-de-force that belongs on college syllabi and the bookshelves of intellectually curious readers.
Ndyardin
Great read. This book shows deep thought about the role of Jews in America. The author gives new insight to sensitive issues important to all races and religions. It is a welcome addition in my library.
This book is a fascinating read. I learned many new things about American Jewish history. Everyone should read this book.
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