Call Number: [Electronic Book]
Publication Date: 2017-01-13
Examining scholarly debates about the origins and early meanings of Jew, Cynthia M. Baker interrogates categories like "ethnicity," "race," and "religion" that inevitably feature in attempts to define the word. Tracing the term's evolution, she also illuminates its many contradictions, revealing how Jew has served as a marker of materialism and intellectualism, socialism and capitalism, worldly cosmopolitanism and clannish parochialism, chosen status, and accursed stigma. Finally, the book provides a glimpse of what the word Jew is coming to mean in an era of Internet cultures, genetic sequencing, precarious nationalisms, and proliferating identities.