Sociology Confronts the Holocaust

Sociology Confronts the Holocaust

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There is an enormous amount of scholarship on the Holocaust, and there is a large and ever more sophisticated body of English-language sociological research. Oddly, there is not much overlap between the two fields. This volume aims to change that by expanding the intellectual exchange between researchers working on the Holocaust and post-Holocaust life and North American sociologists working on collective memory, diaspora, transnationalism, and immigration. The volume is comprised of two types of essays: primary research examining the Shoah and its aftermath using the analytic tools prominent in recent sociological scholarship, and commentaries on how that research contributes to ongoing inquiries in sociology and related fields. The primary essays explore diasporic Jewish identities in the post-Holocaust years; the use of socio-historical analysis in studying the genocide; immigration and transnationalism; and collective action, collective guilt, and collective memory. In so doing, they illuminate various facets of Holocaust and especially, post-Holocaust, experience. Contributors investigate topics including heritage tours that take young American Jews to Israel and Eastern Europe, the politics of memory in Steven Spielberg's collection of Shoah testimonies, and the ways that Jews who immigrated to the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union understood nationality, religion, and identity. Other contributors examine the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 in light of collective action research and investigate the various ways that the Holocaust has been imagined and recalled in Germany, Israel, and the United States. Included in the commentaries about sociology and Holocaust studies is an essay reflecting on how to study the Holocaust (and other instances of mass violence) ethically, without exploiting violence and suffering.In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd: Questions of Comparison and Generalizability in Holocaust Memoirs. The. I cs: JUDITH M. GERSON it first part of the title for this essay is taken from Ana Menen- deza#39;s (2001) collection of short stories by the same name. ... The book caught my eye when it was released because I had encountered the joke several times before in my family, and in the memoirs of andanbsp;...

Title:Sociology Confronts the Holocaust
Author:Judith M. Gerson, Diane L. Wolf
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2007-07-11


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