Constructing Social Identities: A case study of Latino Jewish immigrants in the United States

Constructing Social Identities: A case study of Latino Jewish immigrants in the United States

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/16/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Laura Limonic discusses Jewishness, race, ethnicity, and immigration through the stories of Latino Jews in the United States. Limonic explores how ethnicity is constructed for new immigrants in the United States by asking key questions on identity such as: How do Latino Jews identify? Can they choose their identity or is it assigned to them? How is ethnicity strategic or instrumental? Drawing on the experiences of Latino Jewish immigrants, the historical roots of Jewish migration streams to Latin America and social identity theory, Limonic discusses how group construction is never static, and, in particular, how race, religion, and class are increasingly important mediating factors in defining ethnicity and ethnic identity in the social world.

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