There's the culture and then there's the religion: exploring the potential of cultural identity for Jewish adolescents Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Van Ryn, Maria W.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This paper aims to address how Jewish adolescents themselves label, describe, and understand their identities. Specifically, I look to see how Jewish adolescents integrate the traditionally Jewish practices in which they engage with their perceptions of what it means to be Jewish. In order to pursue the growing number of ways in which adolescents can identify with Judaism, I examine how Jewish adolescents respond to the burgeoning label, culturally Jewish. I use both quantitative and qualitative data from the National Study of Youth and Religion to compare that category with the more traditional religiously Jewish so that I can test the validity, importance, and relevance of the culturally Jewish classification. I also examine the contributions of belief and practice to contemporary adolescents' American Jewish identity.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology."
  • Pearce, Lisa D.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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