Consumer culture and the making of modern Jewish identity

Reuveni, Gideon (2017) Consumer culture and the making of modern Jewish identity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107011304

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Antisemitic stereotypes of Jews as capitalists have hindered research into the economic dimension of the Jewish past. The figure of the Jew as trader and financier dominated the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But the economy has been central to Jewish life and the Jewish image in the world; Jews not only made money but spent money. This book is the first to investigate the intersection between consumption, identity, and Jewish history in Europe. It aims to examine the role and place of consumption within Jewish society and the ways consumerism generated and reinforced Jewish notions of belonging from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the new millennium. It shows how the advances of modernization and secularization in the modern period increased the importance of consumption in Jewish life, making it a significant factor in the process of redefining Jewish identity.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Twentieth century European history, Economic history, European Studies
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > History
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for German-Jewish Studies
Subjects: D History > D History (General) > D900 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0801 Consumption. Demand
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
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Depositing User: Fiona Allan
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 08:37
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2020 14:57
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