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Black, Jewish, and Interracial: It’s Not the Color of Your Skin, but the Race of Your Kin, and Other Myths of Identity Paperback – October 13, 1997

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Black, Jewish, and Interracial is a brilliant analysis of the problem of racial and ethnic identity. This timely work offers keen insight into complicated contemporary debates about the character of America’s multicultural make-up. This book has the added bonus of bringing a welcome depth to the often shallow discussions of relations between Blacks and Jews.”—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Race Rules and Between God and Gangsta Rap


“African American and Jewish and interracial? Katya Gibel Azoulay gives us a pathbreaking ethnography of how issues of politics and identity look from this vantage point, one that challenges a great deal of conventional wisdom.”—Karen Brodkin

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Katya Gibel Azoulay is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Africana Studies Program at Grinnell College

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (October 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822319713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822319719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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Gibel Azoulay enters the discourse on race at a pivotal point in history, when debates over the reconfiguration of census/socio-political categories and developments in the so called "mixed race" literature threaten to turn back the clocks to a sanitized version of Jim Crow. The author's voice is a refreshing and insightful alternative to those who wish to ignore history for the sake of those "mixed race" individuals hoping to 'escape' blackness. Gibel Azoulay's insistence upon maintaining dual cultural identities (Jewish and Black) must make a number of theorists and laymen incredibly uncomfortable. With impeccable scholarship and an original theoretical base she achieves a radical positioning, refusing to the embrace the idealized notions of racelessness put forth by Appiah and others, at the same time resisting the pure essentialization of the Afrocentrists. This is an important, noteworthy contribution. Great Job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Brizard on October 16, 2011
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Having majored in sociology and taken a race course, I wish we had this as a book. It provided so many good sources for information and really made very interesting analyses that I wouldn't have thought of making. Whether you are Black or Jewish, or Black and Jewish, a lot of individuals could really learn from this book. I wish I had stumbled upon it prior to my journey through Judaism; it would have helped prepare me for the attitudes I would come to encounter, and my own feelings in now being Black and Jewish. This should be recommended reading in sociology courses on race, African-American studies courses, and most definitely in Judaic studies curriculum. Would love to see a follow-up of some kind in the near future.
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I have read, re-read, and cited this book as part of my dissertation, and am grateful that it was written. It provides a much-needed glimpse into the essence of bi- and multi- racial Jews of Colors' experiences with white Jewish racism. The book also was one of the first and few of its kind to open up such a 'controversial' dialogue about the relationship of the "mainstream" Jewish community to the Jewish Diaspora. Frankly, I wish that every Jewish person of ALL colors would be required to read this eye-opening and game-changing book. Perhaps it would lend to a more respectful, genuine, and welcoming existence for Jews of All Colors who seek a connection with the community.

The one thing that I had wished to see was a more comprehensive variety of case studies (in terms of narratives) that included Jews of varying backgrounds, but, the title does accurately describe the book's contents. In closing I would like to say that I wish Dr. Mevorach had written other books on the topic, however, given my own experiences and responses to my research on this topic from the Jewish community--I suspect that she grew tired of what it brings.

It is up to each of us to take what is read and learned and make use of it, otherwise, its just a great book. Cheers to Dr. Mevorach for her outstanding work!
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DC azoulay on November 17, 2000
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My mother is Dr. Katya Gibel Azoulay and I've read some of her book. I think she is one of the smartest people I know, and if you want to research on interracial families, you need to read this book. Good job Mommy!
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By yorame mevorach on March 7, 2015
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Should be translated into more languages!
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