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Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families
Paradoxes of a Social Revolution
Sylvia Barack Fishman, ed.

HBI Series on Jewish Women

2015 • 360 pp. 15 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Jewish Studies / Marriage & Family / Sociology of Religion

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-860-3
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-859-7

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-861-0

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(Hardcover is un-jacketed.
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“It is difficult to think of a more timely and pertinent topic than that explored in Fishman’s excellent book.”—The JOFA Journal

Illustrates the complex and diverse ways that Jews in the United States and Israel are reshaping dating, marriage, and family life—with some surprising consequences

The concepts of gender, love, and family—as well as the personal choices regarding gender-role construction, sexual and romantic liaisons, and family formation—have become more fluid under a society-wide softening of boundaries, hierarchies, and protocols.

Sylvia Barack Fishman gathers the work of social historians and legal scholars who study transformations in the intimate realms of partnering and family construction among Jews. Following a substantive introduction, the volume casts a broad net. Chapters explore the current situation in both the United States and Israel, attending to what once were considered unconventional household arrangements—including extended singlehood, cohabitating couples, single Jewish mothers, and GLBTQ families—along with the legal ramifications and religious backlash. Together, these essays demonstrate how changes in the understanding of male and female roles and expectations over the past few decades have contributed to a social revolution with profound—and paradoxical—effects on partnering, marriage, and family formation.

This diverse anthology—with chapters focusing on demography, ethnography, and legal texts—will interest scholars and students in Jewish studies, women’s and gender studies, Israel studies, and American Jewish history, sociology, and culture.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"This volume represents progress. . . . Let the family argument continue."—Contemporary Jewry

“It is to the editor’s credit that she has shown us many . . . faces of family formation and life, and how these reflect and intersect with the familiar themes inherent in the study of Jewish continuity and adaptation, tradition and progressive change.”
Studies in Contemporary Jewry


Runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award

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SYLVIA BARACK FISHMAN is the Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, and co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The author of eight books and numerous articles on the changing Jewish family, intermarriage, transformations in gender roles, Jewish education, and American Jewish sociology, literature, and culture, Fishman received the 2014 Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

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