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On becoming a 'real' Jew : An ethnography of adolescents’ identity formation in a Jewish community in Germany

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Fork, Swetlana:
On becoming a 'real' Jew : An ethnography of adolescents’ identity formation in a Jewish community in Germany.
In: Culture & Psychology. (May 2020) .
ISSN 1461-7056
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X20922515

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In the course of an ethnographic investigation in the youth group of a Jewish community that included participant observation, group discussions and problem-centred interviews, I gained insights into the contextualised construction of Jewish identities. Analysing identity formation as a holistic form of learning, I identify two trajectories of socially embedded identity formation: appropriating aspects of Judaism taught in the youth group and becoming a part of the Jewish collective. Within the latter trajectory, I differentiate three sub-processes: forming and evaluating social representations of the Jewish people, ascribing ‘Jewishness’ to oneself, and experiencing communality.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Religious identity formation; Religious socialisation; Educational practice; Cultural psychology of education; Adolescence; Ethnography; Judaism
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Psychology > Chair Psychology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carlos Kölbl
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 100 Philosophy and psychology > 150 Psychology
200 Religion > 200 Religion
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2020 08:44
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/60573