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The Urban Ecology of Jewish Populations: A Comparative Analysis

Vivian Klaff
Contemporary Jewry
Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 1987), pp. 59-69
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23450015
Page Count: 11
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The Urban Ecology of Jewish Populations: A Comparative Analysis
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Abstract

The spatial distance between populations can be considered an indicator of social distance. The Jews have traditionally been viewed as living in segregated conditions within urban areas. This paper focuses on three issues: (1) the extent to which Jewish groups are residentially segregated: (2) the extent to which Jewish groups are decentralizing: and (3) the implications of alternative patterns of residential distribution for the Jewish group in urban areas. An analysis of the available data points to decentralization at an ever-increasing rate combined with the tendency to relocate in areas that are Jewish in character. Thus, while clustering or residential segregation persists, it continues in diluted form: concentration does not necessarily reflect isolation, and Jews living in what might be termed a Jewish environment are nevertheless exposed to greater physical and cultural contact with other groups.

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