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The dynamics of diaspora: the transformation of British Jewish identity

Cesarani, David (2001) The dynamics of diaspora: the transformation of British Jewish identity Jewish History and Culture, 4, (1), pp. 53-64.

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The classic model of diaspora constructs the process of population change as spatial, along a horizontal axis, and sequential, with one wave following another. Taking the history of the Jews in modern Britain as a case study, this article argues that we need to take account of the multi-layered character of diasporas, the possibility that vertical alignments are as important as horizontal ones, and that ideological currents may sweep through the different layers of a diaspora simultaneously. The differentiation between types of diaspora is crucial for understanding the internal dynamics of Jewish history and Jewish/non-Jewish relations. Each type engenders a different sort of identity and entails different relations with the ‘host society’.

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Published date: 2001


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Date deposited: 06 Oct 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

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Author: David Cesarani

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