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Jews and Feminism the Ambivalent Search for Home

by Laura Levitt

  • ISBN: 9780415914451
  • ISBN10: 0415914450

Jews and Feminism the Ambivalent Search for Home

by Laura Levitt

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish date: 06/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780415914451
  • ISBN10: 0415914450
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Description: By interrogating America's promise of a home for Jews as citizens of the liberal state, Jews and Feminism questions the very terms of this social "contract". Maintaining that Jews, women, and Jewish women are not necessarily secure within this realm of the state, Laura Levitt links this contractual construction of belonging and acceptance to legacies of marriage as a contractual home for Jewish women.

Exploring the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe for America, as well as their desire to make this country their permanent home, Levitt raises questions about the search for stability in specific Jewish religious and cultural traditions which is linked to the liberal academy as well as feminist study, thus offering an account of an ambivalent Jewish feminist embrace of America as home.
-- Critiques the rabbinic construction of the marriage contract
-- Assails the narrow marital configuration of women's identities

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