Converging political cultures: How globalization is shaping the discourses of American and Israeli Jews

Theodore Sasson, Ephraim Tabory

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Abstract

We examine the impact of globalization on Israeli and American Jews' attitudes regarding religious pluralism and minority civil rights in Israel. Studying middle-class Israeli and American Jews of European descent, we find overlap across (and differentiation within) the groups. We attribute political cultural convergence to globalization: (1) international travel; (2) diffusion of Jewish transnational institutions; (3) increased integration of Israel into global capitalist relations; and (4) perceived security threatsmoving American Jews toward increased security concerns for themselves and Israel. We perceive new patterns of transnational engagement in which Israeli and American Jews seek common cause with their like-minded counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-41
Number of pages20
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Middlebury College faculty professional development fund and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University. We also appreciate the constructive suggestions made by the anonymous referees of this journal.

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