This volume addresses key conceptual issues and case studies dealing with contemporary Jewish identities amidst globalization processes, with special emphasis on Latin American socio-political, communal, and cultural milieu.
The book brings together a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches that range from political science to sociology and from art and literature to demography in order to offer the reader a multidimensional and multifocal analysis of the diverse constitutional elements of the Jewish experience. Using as its point of departure the wide horizon of historical trajectories and current challenges, the articles analyze the transnational, regional and local processes that inform the different Jewish Diasporas and Israel.
Simultaneously, its content provides a snapshot of the current state of research on collective identity building processes and a lively analysis of the challenges posed by cultural diversity and primordial and civic belongings in the framework of political transitions, as well as new and old forms of expressing through cultural creativity individual and collective identities.
Judit Bokser Liwerant, PhD in Political and Social Sciences, is Head of the Graduate School in Political and Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and has published extensively on Latin American Jewry and Zionsim, multiculturalism, and collective identities.
Eliezer Ben-Rafael, PhD in Sociology, is Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. He is the President of the International Institute of Sociology and co-director of the Klal Yisrael project at Tel-Aviv University. He has published extensively on collective identities, sociology of religion, and Contemporary Jewry.
Yosef Gorny, PhD in Jewish History, is the Segal Professor of the History of European Jewry at the department of Jewish History at Tel-Aviv University. He is Head of the Institute for the Study of Jewish Press and Communications at Tel-Aviv University. He has published extensively on social and political movements in modern Jewish history as well as on Jewish political ideologies.
Ranaan Rein, PhD in History, is Professor of History and Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies at Tel-Aviv University. His numerous books have been published in Hebrew, English, and Spanish and focus on the political and social history of South America and Spain.
All those interested in collective identities, Diaspora studies, minority studies, contemporary Jewish history, and Latin American Jewry.