Research

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Ritualized Protest and Redemptive Politics: Cultural Consequences of the American Mobilization to Free Soviet Jewry

2008. Jewish Social Studies 14(3): 1-37. The significance of the worldwide movement to free Soviet Jewry cannot be measured solely by its success in achieving its goals vis-à-vis Soviet Jews. It was also influential in shaping American Jewish political culture during the years it was active. During the 1960s and 1970s, and to a lesser…

Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Articles, Research, , , ,


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From Shrine to Forum: Masada and the Politics of Jewish Extremism

2008. Israel Studies 13(2): 146-63. With Theodore Sasson. Zionist collective memory has long associated Masada with the struggle to secure Jewish sovereignty over the land of Israel. This article examines the effects of the political upheavals of the Oslo and post-Oslo periods on the meanings ascribed to Masada. It documents the popularity of a critical…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Research, , , ,


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Jewish Educational Travel

2008. Drawing on anthropological research on travel and tourism, this chapter offers a theoretical groundwork for articulating a program of research in Jewish educational travel, broadly conceived. Shaul Kelner. 2008. “Jewish Educational Travel.” Pages 423-432 in What We Now Know About Jewish Education: Perspectives on Research for Practice. Edited by Roberta Louis Goodman, Paul J….

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Chapters, Research, , ,


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Review of Tourism, Ethnic Diversity and the City

Review of Jan Rath’s Tourism, Ethnic Diversity and the City (Routledge, 2007) Shaul Kelner. 2008. Contemporary Sociology 37(1):80-81 From the review: “Integrating disparate literatures on tourism, postindustrial cities, global migration and cultural commoditization, C. Michal Hall and Jan Rath’s opening chapter lays out a straightforward thesis…. Like the Little Italys and Chinatowns which drew tourists…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Research, Reviews, ,


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Who is Being Taught? Jewish Early Childhood Education’s Adult-Centered Approach

2007. Chapter 3 in Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice. Edited by Jack Wertheimer. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Pp. 59-79. Studies in the sociology of education: One of three chapters analyzing the roles played by families, schools, communities, and advocacy groups in Jewish education. To read the chapter, click…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Chapters, Research, , ,


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Why Jewish Parents Send Their Children to Day Schools

2007. (with Steven M. Cohen). Chapter 4 in Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice. Edited by Jack Wertheimer. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Pp. 80-100. Studies in the sociology of education: One of three chapters analyzing the roles played by families, schools, communities, and advocacy groups in Jewish education. To…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Research, ,


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Toward the Study of Community Effects on Jewish Engagement: The Case of Educational Enrollment

2007. (with Steven M. Cohen). Chapter 9 in Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice. Edited by Jack Wertheimer. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Pp. 257-74. Studies in the sociology of education: One of three chapters analyzing the roles played by families, schools, communities, and advocacy groups in Jewish education. To…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Chapters, Research, ,


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Review of The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age

Review of Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider’s The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age (Temple University Press, 2005) 2007. Social Forces 86(2):873-5 From the review: “’The past is not dead. It is not even past.’ Faulkner’s words might serve as the epigraph to the entire field of collective memory studies. Its key insights –…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Research, Reviews, ,


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Review of Engaged Spirituality

Review of Gregory Stanczak’s Engaged Spirituality: Social Change and American Religion (Rutgers University Press, 2006) 2008. International Review of Modern Sociology 34(1):144-6 From the review: “When a book subtitled How Religion Poisons Everything nears the top of the best-seller lists, as Christopher Hitchens’ God is Not Great has, it is but one more indication that…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Research, Reviews, ,


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Reconceptualizing Religious Change: Ethno-Apostasy and Change in Religion among American Jews

2006. Sociology of Religion 67(4): 507-24. With Benjamin Phillips. Drawing on data from the NJPS 2000-1, we argue that traditional approaches to the study of religious mobility – both apostasy and switching – are increasingly problematic. Apostasy from ethno-religious communities, in particular, must be refomulated to incorporate an ethnic dimension. Analyses using this revised concept…

Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Articles, Research, ,