Jewish Family

Jewish Family

Identity and Self-Formation at Home
Pomson, Alex; Schnoor, Randal F.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/21/2017
Format: Hardback 3 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-03308-6
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Stepping into a long-standing scholarly conversation about how Jewish identity is formed and maintained, Alex Pomson and Randal F. Schnoor advance a new appreciation for the deep significance of Jewish family in developing Jewish identity.

Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home is the result of ten years of research focused on a small sample of diverse families. Through their work, the authors paint an intricate picture of the ecosystem that the family unit provides for identity formation over the life course. They draw upon theories of family development as well as sociological theories of the transmission of social and cultural capital in their analysis of the research. They find that family networks, which are often intergenerational, are more significant than cultural capital, such as knowledge and competence in Judaism, to the formation of Jewish identity. Pomson and Schnoor provide readers with a unique view into the complexity of being Jewish in North America today.​

Author Bio

Alex Pomson is a researcher and managing director of Rosov Consulting. He is editor (with Helena Miller and Lisa D. Grant) of The International Handbook of Jewish Education.

Randal F. Schnoor is a sociologist who teaches Jewish Studies at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto.


Pomson and Schnoor step into a long-standing scholarly conversation about the study of how Jewish identity is formed, maintained, and what sorts of interventions might be taken to assure that young Jews will be committed to that identity as they mature.

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