Ethnic Capital and Intermarriage: A Case Study of American Jews

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Show simple item record Phillips, Benjamin Fishman, Sylvia B. 2008-10-24T19:07:03Z 2008-10-24T19:07:03Z 2006-12-19
dc.identifier 140
dc.description Previous studies of ethnicity have focused on the role played by structural factors in assimilation and related processes. The utility of human and social capital in explaining analogous religious phenomena (e.g., religious switching and apostasy) suggests that similar actor-centered explanations may advance t k understanding of ethnicity. We propose a model of ethnicity that integrates existing structure-centered approaches with the concepts of ethnic human and social capital in a soft rational choice theory framework. The usefulness of this approach is tested with respect to intermarriage among American Jews, who maintain an extraordinarily diverse array of socializing institutions and have wide variation in levels of ethnic capitol. The inclusion of variables measuring ethnic capital provides a significant increase in explanatory power. It is suggested that this framework may be applicable for other ethnic groups and further research is recommended.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Family/Intermarriage/Jewish Education
dc.title Ethnic Capital and Intermarriage: A Case Study of American Jews
dc.type Articles
dc.contributor.department Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

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