Beyond Chrismukkah: A Cultural History of the Christian/Jewish Blended Family from 1965 to 2010 Restricted; Files Only

Mehta, Samira K. (2013)

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"Beyond Chrismukkah: A Cultural History of the Christian/Jewish Blended Family in the United States from 1965 to 2010," analyzes the shifts in cultural understandings of Christian/Jewish families in late 20th-century American culture in light of changing understandings of ethnicity, particularly the turn to multiculturalism in the 1990s. By examining the strategic use of "religion" and "culture" by commentators on interfaith family life in religious institutions, producers of popular culture, and members of interfaith families themselves, I argue that multiculturalism creates new terms and new definitions through which interfaith families can shape their practices and identities. Ultimately, I conclude that the rise of multiculturalism provides a new moral logic through which interfaith families can develop blended identities. I place both of these projects in the broader sphere of American political discussions about religion and its place as a marker of identity in American life.

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Introduction...............................................................................................................................................1

Chapter One: To Stem a Rising Tide: Intermarriage and the Religious Institutions..............................................18

Chapter Two: Blended or Transcended: Christian and Jewish Families in Popular Culture, 1970-1980....................66

Chapter Three: One Roof, One Religion: The Campaign for a Jewish (Interfaith) Family.....................................108

Chapter Four: Chrismukkah: Millennial Multiculturalism.................................................................................155

Chapter Five: Living the Interfaith Family: Blended Family Cultures.................................................................202

Conclusion...............................................................................................................................................258


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