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Kinship Mapping among Jews in a Midwestern City

Bernard Farber
Social Forces
Vol. 57, No. 4 (Jun., 1979), pp. 1107-1123
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2577261
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2577261
Page Count: 17
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Kinship Mapping among Jews in a Midwestern City
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Abstract

Relative influence of communal and associational factors on kinship mapping is examined in a contemporary urban setting. Respondents' maps are compared with models of kinship organization in major legal systems. The legal models fall along a continuum in applying line of descent as a criterion for assigning priorities among relatives. The data show that orthodoxy of religious upbringing predicts lineal emphasis in kinship mapping better than current religious identity does. Migration has most impact on persons from Conservative homes and least on persons with Reform backgrounds. Current synagogue attendance, membership in Jewish organizations, and ritual performance are inversely related to emphasis on line of descent; however, greater activity than one's parents in Jewish matters, living in an area with a high concentration of Jews, and disapproving of intermarriage are associated with such emphasis.

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