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The Politics of Nonassimilation
The American Jewish Left in the Twentieth Century
“This is an excellent book, based on extensive research. It makes a real contribution to the understanding of the Jewish immigrant experience in America, in its relation to leftist politics. I do not know of anything else in the field as good as this book.”—David Gordon, author of Resurrecting Marx: The Analytical Marxists on Freedom, Exploitation, and Justice
Over the course of the twentieth century, Eastern European Jews in the United States developed a left-wing political tradition. Their political preferences went against a fairly broad correlation between upward mobility and increased conservatism or Republican partisanship. Many scholars have sought to explain this phenomenon by invoking antisemitism, an early working-class experience, or a desire to integrate into a universal social order. In this original study, David Verbeeten instead focuses on the ways in which left-wing ideologies and movements helped to mediate and preserve Jewish identity in the context of modern tendencies toward bourgeois assimilation and ethnic dissolution.
May 2017 230 pp., 6x9
David Verbeeten holds a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and children, where he works in financial services.
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