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This volume brings together essays that reflect on ontological and moral dilemmas regarding Jewish identity and race. The reflections offered here are cognizant of themselves as taking place in the context of post-Holocaust transformations and pay special attention to the double processes of the de-racialization of Jews qua Jews and the recasting of Jews both in re-racialized and other terms. As a result, the essays bring together and create a few intersections between Jewish studies and critical theories of race and help stretch the limits of, as well as fill in, some of the gaps in each. While each essay in the volume is unique, they do have four distinct foci. Thus, one group explores personal identity and mixes autobiographical and theoretical lines of inquiry that emphasize the extent to which Jewish identity, while a function of group membership is inhabited and actively lived by each person, hence, also self-fashioned.
A second group examines the racial classifications of (different groups of) Jews, grappling with the history and the politics of these classifications as they take place in contexts that are to a greater or lesser degree affected by the dominance of a black/white paradigm of race. A third group describes and analyzes the dynamic relationship between Jews and the cultural worlds in which they find themselves, which is articulated and reverberates through variegated networks and associations and engages people creatively - even if in their own assimilation, which is rarely not at the same time also entangled resistance. Finally the fourth group deploys Jewish texts specifically in order to develop theoretical analyses and generalizations that result from their application, doing so in a way that throws a different light on the familiar. The essays in this volume are both provocative and preserving of the tension between the contributions that can be made to critical theories of race and Jewish studies. Were they to smooth over difficult and troubling questions they would be unable to respect the potential complexity of a creative meeting of these rich and lively ares of thought.
Lisa Tessman is assistant professor of philosophy and women's studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. Bat-Ami Bar On is associate professor of philosophy at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Race Studies and Jewish Studies: Toward a Critical Meeting Ground Part 2 Figuring the Self Chapter 3 Terminal Moraine Chapter 4 Phenomenology of a Hyphenated Consciousness Chapter 5 Self Identity and Group Identity: Reflections of a Half-Jewish Immigrant Part 6 Jewishness (Not) in Black and White Chapter 7 In Search of Self and Other: A Few Remarks on Ethnicity, Race and Ethiopian Jews Chapter 8 Jewish Identity and the Politics of a (Multi)Racial Category Chapter 9 Notes from the (Shifting) Middle: Some Ways of Looking at Jews Chapter 10 Jewish Racializations: Revealing the Contingency of Whiteness Part 11 Negotiations With Otherness Chapter 12 The Price of Jewish Americanization Chapter 13 Passing Through: Jew as Black in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm Chapter 14 On the State of Being (Jewish) Between "Orient" and "Occident" Part 15 Thinking Through Jewish Texts Chapter 16 NonJewish Jewish Identity and Martin Buber Chapter 17 To Race, To Class, To Queer: Jewish Contributions to Feminist Theory
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