9781412805735

The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg: A Study in the Sociology of Religion

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  • ISBN13:

    9781412805735

  • ISBN10:

    1412805732

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-01-03
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

How is it the Hasidim, who separate themselves not only from non-Jews and unreligious” Jews but also from religious” Orthodox Jews whose religious ideology, intensity and frequency of traditional religious behavior do not meet Hasidic standards, creating a sociological wall between themselves and others whom they do not consider traditionally ‘religious,” are able to survive, indeed thrive, well into the twenty-first century while maintaining their social isolation and avoiding assimilation into the American culture, especially living amongst the cultural and ethnic diversity and temptations of New York City? The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg explores and explains this sociological phenomenon

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition ix
Preface xvii
PART ONE The Problem and Its Setting
1 An Ultrareligious Group
3(9)
2 The Structure of the Jewish Community in Hungary
12(9)
3 The Structure of the Jewish Community in the United States
21(8)
4 The Transplantation of Hasidic Culture
29(8)
5 The Threat of Assimilation
37(15)
6 The Hasidic Family
52(7)
7 The Social Stratification of the Hasidic Community
59(11)
8 Organizations and Social Control
70(15)
The Operation of Social Forces
78(7)
PART TWO Economic Activities of the Hasidic Community
9 The General Patterns of Hasidic Economic Behavior
85(30)
Inducements to Work
90(3)
Occupational Preferences
93(3)
Community Shops and Stores
96(1)
The Merchandise
97(3)
The Customer
100(7)
Advertising
107(6)
The Storekeeper
113(2)
10 The Hasidic Occupational Hierarchy: Religious and Professional Services
115(38)
Rebbishe Gescheften
118(9)
Religious Professional Service
127(20)
Secular Professional Service
147(6)
11 The Hasidic Occupational Hierarchy: Nonprofessional Occupations
153(95)
The Manufacture and Sale of Religious Articles
153(22)
The Manufacture or Sale of Hasidic Foodstuffs
175(37)
The Manufacture or Sale of Nonreligious Articles
212(18)
Other Nonprofessional Occupations
230(18)
12 A Sociological Analysis of the Hasidic Community
248(19)
APPENDIX Some Problems in Studying the Hasidic Community 267(12)
Glossary 279(10)
Bibliography of Works Consulted 289(4)
Index 293

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