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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

After the Rescue

Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark

Authors: Buckser, A.

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In October of 1943, the Danish resistance rescued almost all of the Jews in Copenhagen from roundups by the occupying Nazis. In the years since, Jews have become deeply engaged in a Danish culture that presents very few barriers of antisemitism or prejudice. This book explores the questions that such inclusion raises for the Danish Jews, and what their answers can tell us about the meaning of religion, ethnicity and community in modern society. Social scientists have long argued that modernity poses challenges for traditional ethnic communities, by breaking down the networks of locality, kinship, religion and occupation that have held such communities together. For the Danish Jews, inclusion into the larger society has led to increasing fragmentation, as the community has split into a bewildering array of religious, social, and political factions. Yet it remains one of Scandinavia's most vital religious organizations, and Jewishness remains central to self-understanding for thousands of its members. How this has happened - how the Jewish world has maintained its significance while losing any sense of coherence or unity - suggests a new understanding of the meaning of ethnic community in contemporary society.

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ANDREW BUCKSER is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University. He is the author of a number of works on religion and culture in northern Europe, including Communities of Faith: Sectarianism, Identity, and Social Change on a Danish Island (1996). Dr. Buckser received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, and he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Western Jutland and Copenhagen.

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'[C]omprehensive, nuanced, and beautifully written. Buckser skillfully weaves data from historical sources with rich ethnography and succeeds in depicting [the Jewish community of Denmark] sensitively and as objectively as is humanly possible. In doing so he provides valuable guidance for how to conduct research when challenged by enormous scale and social complexity, conditions common to late modern urban society'. - Leonard Plotnicov, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, and Editor of Ethnology


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
After the Rescue
Book Subtitle
Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Andrew Buckser
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7686-4
DOI
10.1057/9781403976864
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-23945-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38695-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6270-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 271
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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