Jewish cultures, identities and contingencies: reflections from the South African experience

@article{Shain2011JewishCI,
  title={Jewish cultures, identities and contingencies: reflections from the South African experience},
  author={Milton Shain},
  journal={European Review of History: Revue europ{\'e}enne d'histoire},
  year={2011},
  volume={18},
  pages={100 - 89}
}
  • Milton Shain
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Sociology
  • European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire
The article traces the major streams of Jewish immigration to South Africa, the cultural baggage brought by the newcomers, and the evolution of a South African Jewish cultural identity contingently shaped within the specifics of South African society but influenced by global trends. Even though South African Jews faced the assimilatory impulses of a frontier society, the divided nature of the country's white Afrikaans- and English-speaking population encouraged Jewish distinctiveness and… 
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