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Jewish Life in Twenty-First-Century Turkey - (New Anthropologies of Europe) by Marcy Brink-Danan

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Number of Pages: 242

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Series Title: New Anthropologies of Europe

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Age Range: Teen

Book theme: Cultural & Social

Author: Marcy Brink-Danan

Language: English

Street Date: December 6, 2011
TCIN: 78569555
UPC: 9780253223500
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-0252

Description

This marvelously provocative book, based on more than two years of ethnographic and documentary research in Istanbul, is far more compelling and revealing than its rather ordinary title may suggest. Using performance theory and frame analysis, Brink-Danan (anthropology and Judaic studies, Brown) offers a subversive yet intersubjective understanding of how Turkish Jews must pay a significant price to attain tolerance. Despite (or because of?) Sephardic presence in Turkey for more than 500 years, Jews must suffer the cultural expense of being or passing as secularists and linguistic non-Jews, and must pay the political costs of being quiescent in public settings and obsessed with secrecy and security, even in their private lives. Brink-Danan scrutinizes 'the real tensions between juridical and popular notions of cosmopolitan rights' for Jews and implicitly other minorities in Turkey, in contrast to the Turkish Republic's rhetorical use of ethnic and religious tolerance as proof of democracy and 'civilization.' She analyzes the complexities and contradictions in being sufficiently and simultaneously both Turkish and Jewish. Through ongoing processes of meaning making and social negotiation, Jews in Istanbul are dialectically involved 'in perpetuating an ideology of effaced difference' and a reproduction of their political and cultural exclusion, though certainly not under conditions of their own making. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. -- Choice

--B. Tavakolian, emeritus, Denison University
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