The New Jewish Argentina
Edited by Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University
Congratulations to Adriana Brodsky and Raanan Rein whose edited volume has been chosen as the winner of the 2013 Latin American Jewish Studies Association Book Prize!
The New Jewish Argentina aims at filling in important lacunae in the existing historiography of Jewish Argentines. Moving away from the political history of the organized community, most articles are devoted to social and cultural history, including unaffiliated Jews, women and gender, criminals, printing presses and book stores. These essays, written by scholars from various countries, consider the tensions between the national and the trans-national and offer a mosaic of identities which is relevant to all interested in Jewish history, Argentine history and students of ethnicity and diaspora. This collection problematizes the existing image of Jewish-Argentines and looks at Jews not just as persecuted ethnics, idealized agricultural workers, or as political actors in Zionist politics.
"This book is a must-read for students and scholars interested in immigration to Latin America, Ethnic History, and Jewish Studies, but its readership could extend to anybody who is interested in this chapter of social and cultural history."
Ariana Huberman, Haverford College
"The volume advances the study of non-affiliated and affiliated Jews in Argentina, thereby weakening attempts at a clear–cut Jewish or Argentine identity. Whether one agrees or not with the book’s general assertion about Jewish exceptionalism, one will benefit from reading the result of a truly interdisciplinary project, containing brilliant pieces of remarkable historical and contemporary reach." Alicia Borinsky, Boston University, Bulletin of Latin American Research
This book is also available in paperback.