By Jon Stratton

ISBN-10: 0203361148

ISBN-13: 9780203361146

ISBN-10: 0203377907

ISBN-13: 9780203377901

ISBN-10: 0415222079

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Like many Jews of our new release, Jon Stratton grew up in a kin extra interested by assimilation than approximately holding Jewish culture. whereas he may possibly simply 'pass' between non-Jews, he came across himself more and more torn among his worry of now not belonging and a deeply-felt dedication to his family's past.Coming Out Jewish examines the original problem of making an identification amid the conflict among ethnicity and conformity. for plenty of Jews, the assumption of complete assimilation ended with the Holocaust. however the strain to evolve to the mainstream, Stratton eloquently argues, is still strong, in particular for people with anglicized names, assimilationist mom and dad, a heritage of modern immigration, or ambivalent reviews of themselves as Jews. just about the paintings of Daniel Boyarin, Ien Ang, and Homi Bhabha, between others, Stratton deals clean research on quite a lot of issues, together with the Jewish origins of pluralism within the US, anti-Semitism in Germany, the Jewishness of sitcoms like Seinfeld, and the Yiddishization of yank tradition given that global battle II.More than a publication approximately Jews and Jewishness, popping out Jewish neatly and effectively mines the Jewish adventure within the West to offer voice to the problems of migration, Diaspora, assimilation and id that have an effect on these, displaced and 'othered', around the globe.

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However, my feeling of not belonging, a feeling of distance that was at the same time both anomic and uncanny, was this and more. It should come as no surprise to discover that, at university, I originally studied sociology and psychology—in order to understand society and people better, was my thinking. I realise now that much of this feeling of not belonging, 20 INTRODUCTION and my anxiety about my behaviour, and the need to watch that goes with it, and to monitor my own behaviour, has been in large part inherited from my mother’s practice of assimilation, from her own watching and monitoring.

I argue for the historicity of the experience of diaspora, explaining this by way of a psychoanalytic argument founded in the modern nation-state. Chapter 6, ‘Migrating to utopia,’ elaborates a theory of migration, with particular reference to the Yiddish Jews who migrated to the United States in 25 COMING OUT JEWISH the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This builds on the psychoanalytic theory that I elaborated in the previous chapter in the context of diaspora. This chapter discusses why the Jews have felt ‘at home’ in different ways in the United States, and in Israel, but not in the European states.

Nancy Wood, ‘The Victim’s Resentments’, p. 262. 28 INTRODUCTION 30 Quoted in Nancy Wood, ‘The Victim’s Resentments’, p. 263. 31 In the United States much of the anxiety, and therefore much of the concern, over passing has centred on African—Americans (Blacks) passing as ‘white’. , Duke University Press, 1996; Valerie Smith, ‘Reading the Intersections of Race and Gender in Narratives of Passing’, Diacritics, vol. 24 (2–3), 1993, pp. 43–57; Harryette Mullin, ‘Optic White: Blackness and the Production of Whiteness’, Diacritics, vol.

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