How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America

How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America The fashion identities in the context of a wider conversation about American nationhood to whom it belongs and what belonging means Race and ethnicity class gender and sexuality are all staple ing

  • Title: How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America
  • Author: Karen Brodkin Sacks
  • ISBN: 9780813525907
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fashion identities in the context of a wider conversation about American nationhood, to whom it belongs and what belonging means Race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are all staple ingredients in this conversation They are salient aspects of social being from which economic practices, political policies, and popular discourses create Americans BecauseThe fashion identities in the context of a wider conversation about American nationhood, to whom it belongs and what belonging means Race and ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are all staple ingredients in this conversation They are salient aspects of social being from which economic practices, political policies, and popular discourses create Americans Because all of these facets of social being have such significant meaning on a national scale, they also have major consequences for both individuals and groups in terms of their success and well being, as well as how they perceive themselves socially and politically.The history of Jews in the United States is one of racial change that provides useful insights on race in America Prevailing classifications have sometimes assigned Jews to the white race and at other times have created an off white racial designation for them Those changes in racial assignment have shaped the ways American Jews of different eras have constructed their ethnoracial identities Brodkin illustrates these changes through an analysis of her own family s multi generational experience She shows how Jews experience a kind of double vision that comes from racial middleness on the one hand, marginality with regard to whiteness on the other, whiteness and belonging with regard to blackness.Class and gender are key elements of race making in American history Brodkin suggests that this country s racial assignment of individuals and groupsconstitutes an institutionalized system of occupational and residential segregation, is a key element in misguided public policy, and serves as a pernicious foundational principle in the construction of nationhood Alternatives available to non white and alien others have been either to whiten or to be consigned to an inferior underclass unworthy of full citizenship The American ethnoracial map who is assigned to each of these poles is continually changing, although the binary of black and white is not As a result, the structure within which Americans form their ethnoracial, gender, and class identities is distressingly stable Brodkin questions the means by which Americans construct their political identities and what is required to weaken the hold of this governing myth.

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    1 thought on “How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America”

    1. Q: how likely am I to be offended by this book?A: very.Q: how much does that make me want to read it?A: a lot.

    2. Much like Ignatiev's " How the Irish became white", this book is an important text in a field of study being taught at most colleges an University as 'whiteness Studies'. The concepts of ethno-racial identity and racial assignment is greatly explored by the author in a way that is both saddening and enlightening.

    3. I thought this book was extremely interesting. For me the beginning (which was largely about upward mobility in working class Jewish immigrant communities and what it meant for a Jewish sense of community and communal ethics) was slow. But Sacks' thoughts towards the end of the book become very important and thought-provoking. Most particularly interesting to me was the idea that, given anti-semitism, the Holocaust, and the way the US builds identities for its citizens based on perceived "racial [...]

    4. This scholarly research helps put into context the struggles of JOCs within the dominant Jewish community and culture of "yiddishkeit" in a historical perspective and provides a basis of rapproachment and dialogue for positive relations and community growth within the increasingly diverse Jewish community. A very insightful and interesting study of race relations from the point of view of a Jewish anthropologist. The title belies its critical investigation into the social, political, ethnic and [...]

    5. A great concept - Jews' transformation from 'other' to White - if that transformation has in fact taken place, and if Jews identify themselves as White at all - but HORRIBLE execution. This book is based on personal experience, not research - I hope someone does a real scholarly look at this issue soon!

    6. Interesting sociology book. Become a little too scholarly and repetitive for me to be really interesting, but the first chapter or two was fascinating, while my attention held.

    7. 3.5. Thought-provoking. Makes many good points, though I think she doesn't fully prove some of her arguments. I don't need to agree with all aspects of the book, to find elements useful.

    8. A very interesting book, that I wish was longer. I felt like I would have liked more examples and a more thorough flushing out of her ideas and that there was so much more to be said. Perhaps she'll write a follow up.“All the energy Grandma put into cooking went directly into us. There was nothing metaphorical about the process. It was pure calories. She cooked for us, and we ate for her. She gave us love on a plate and we gave it back by cleaning our platesod was love.” “We all had a sens [...]

    9. While this book was published in 1998, I found the book to be very timely given current controversies about race in America. I was drawn to the book by the title, although after reading the book, I think that the title is somewhat misleading--this book is not exclusively about Jews in America, but rather about how we think about race in America in general. I only rated the book as 2 stars, however, because I thought that the author generalized too much regarding "the Jews who became white folks. [...]

    10. Interesting questions and analysis, but she was reaching beyond her own scholarly expertise yet still wrote a very dry scholarly analysis featuring mediocre writing and a purely scholarly tone. I would have loved to see this book written for a popular audience instead, with clear and engaging writing, recognizing the limits of her understanding and focused more on delving into the fascinating questions she raises about the role of race, class and gender in shaping Jewish identity rather than foc [...]

    11. This book was an excellent analysis of race, class, gender and the American Jewish experience over the past 150 years or so. A decade and a half after the book was published, I'm curious how Brodkin would update her book.(It helps to have a basic background in gender studies, race and class studies, privilege, etc. to understand Brodkin's analysis.)

    12. This was completely disjointed and difficult to follow. It had some good information, but most of it wasnt on the given topic. Brodkin discusses labor, class, gender, and politics quite a bit in relation to Jewish American history. It really is more of a book on the Jewish American experience from the turn of the 20th century onward. For that alone it would be interesting were it not sporadic.

    13. Interesting approach to why Jews, a minority and immigrant group, opted to pursue membership in the middle class, white Protestant majority. Often veers more into author's particular interest in gender issues as well as economics. Certainly got me thinking about the direction American Jews chose and the increased distance it put between Jews and racial and ethnic minorities.

    14. Interesting but a bit strident. She does very effectively make the point that race is a social construct and walks through how her parents had the experience of Jews as 'not white' but she and her brother had the experiences of being in the 'white' category. All very fluid.

    15. As another reviewer mentioned, there was a complete erasure of non-European Jews. As in, their existence (in the US, or anywhere) wasn't mentioned.And, overall, the book didn't really seem to come together into a real argument, and felt kind of intro-level.

    16. Well written and not difficult to read. An eye-opener in many respects. Brodkin addresses history of race in America and brings out many unknown facts and attitudes. Worth reading whether Jewish, woman, African American, or not.

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