Reflections on the Science of the Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Marshall Sklare Award Lecture

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dc.contributor.author Saxe, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-26T20:20:25Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-26T20:20:25Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02
dc.identifier.citation Contemporary Jewry (2014) 34:3–14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/33615
dc.description.abstract Marshall Sklare Award Lecture given by Leonard Saxe and published in Contemporary Jewry. Although there is diversity and division within the community of social scientists who study contemporary Jewry, there is a shared commitment to rational scientific analysis. The paper describes the author’s positivist social psychological orientation and its roots in the theorizing/empiricism of three seminal psychological thinkers, Daniel Kahenman, Kurt Lewin, and Donald Campbell. The application of these meta-theorists’ work on cognitive psychology, action research, and experimentation is illustrated by research on Taglit-Birthright Israel, an effort designed to alter the trajectory of Jewish identity development. A number of ‘‘common ground’’ principles are then drawn for the development of social scientific research on Jewry. The principles concern the need to control bias, to develop generalizable knowledge, and to direct research to solving actual problems. Contemporary Jewry (2014) 34:3–14.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Contemporary Jewry
dc.rights (C) 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
dc.subject Sklare Jewish identity Saxe
dc.title Reflections on the Science of the Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Marshall Sklare Award Lecture
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.1007/s12397-014-9111-4
mods.date.keydate 2014


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