Jewries at the Frontier: Accomodation, Identity, Conflict

Traversing far flung Jewish communities in South Africa, Australia, Texas, Brazil, China, New Zealand, Quebec, and elsewhere, this wide-ranging collection explores the notion of “frontier” in the Jewish experience as a historical/geographical reality and a conceptual framework.

As a compelling alternative to viewing the periphery only as a locus of dispossession and exile from the “homeland, ” this work imagines a new Jewish history written as the history of the Jews at the frontier. In this new history, governed by the dynamics of change, confrontation, and accommodation, marginalized experiences are brought to the center and all participants are given voice.

By articulating the tension between the center/periphery model and the frontier model, Jewries at the Frontier shows how the productive confrontation between and among cultures and peoples generates a new, multivocal account of Jewish history.

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