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Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in IsraelOr, How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual$
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Aziza Khazzoom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756976

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756976.001.0001

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How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual

How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual

Orientalism, Jewish Identity, and the Antecedents to Social Closure in Israel

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(p.104) Chapter Six How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual
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Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in Israel
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756976.003.0006

This chapter uses the historical record to find an alternate explanation for the specifics of Israeli resource distribution. It argues that the goal of westernization originated in the Enlightenment, spread at least to the elite of Jewish communities around the world, became embedded in the Zionist project, and can account for patterns of inclusion and exclusion among Jewish communities prior to the immigration to Israel. Given its explanatory power for Diaspora dynamics, this chapter contends, westernization projects are likely to have explanatory power for Israeli ethnic and national dynamics as well.

Keywords:   Israeli resource distribution, westernization, Enlightenment, Diaspora dynamics, Jewish communities, Israeli national dynamics

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