Wildavsky explains why Joseph-the-assimilator is replaced in the Book of Exodus by Moses-the-lawgiver. The book ends by demonstrating that Joseph and Moses are, and are undoubtedly meant to be exact opposites.
Author: Gertrud Lenzer
How to behave in the diaspora has been a central problem for Jews over the ages. They have debated whether to assimilate by adopting local customs or whether to remain a God-centered people loyal to their temporal rulers but maintaining the peculiar customs that separated them from their host nations. The question not only of survival, but of the basis for survival, is also a central problem in the Joseph stories of the Book of Genesis. The work shows its readers the grand alternatives of Judaism, instilled in two larger-than-life figures, so its readers can reassess for themselves the road Judaism did not take, and understand why Joseph though admirable in many respects, is left out of the rest of the Bible. The question is answered through the stories about how Joseph, the son of Jacob, saved his people/family from famine by becoming a high-ranking administrator to Pharaoh. By analyzing his behavior to the people over whom he exercises power, Joseph lords it over his brothers, grieves his father, takes lands from Egyptian farmers, and engages in forced deportation. Wildavsky explains why Joseph-the-assimilator is replaced in the Book of Exodus by Moses-the-lawgiver. The book ends by demonstrating that Joseph and Moses are, and are undoubtedly meant to be exact opposites. As in his earlier book on The Nursing Father: Moses as a Political Leader, Wildavsky combines analysis of political and administrative leadership with both traditional and modern study of texts: thematic linkages via plot, grammar, dreams, poetry, and religious doctrine. Thus the chapter on "Joseph the Administrator" is preceded by a chapter on Joseph as The Dream Lord" and followed by an analysis and explanation of why Jacob's obscure blessings to his sons are more like curses. Always the emphasis is on the reciprocal influence of religion and politics, on rival answers to questions about how Hebrews should relate to each other and to outsiders. New, in paperback, the book will be of interest to biblical scholars and readers as well as those concerned with the interaction of religion and political life.
Although he would have opposed any aggressive French policy of assimilation,
such as any attempt to wholly supplant native languages or convert everyone to
Roman Catholicism, a personal choice to partially assimilate to another culture ...
Author: Terrence E. Cook
Ethnic violence is rampant, but avoidable. Cook compares and contrasts all major options in ethnic minority policy, including forms of separation, assimilation, or accommodation typically favored by subordinate ethnic groups. Topics include segregation and genocide, emigrations and secessionist struggles, attempts at cultural annihilation, assimilating for individual or collective opportunities, accommodations as minimal concessions in such things as tolerance, special group rights or power-sharing, and accommodations as maximal demands on those same themes. Grounded in current concrete examples, Cook's analysis brings coherence to a confused and often lethal political problem.
In his all too brief “ Self - presentation ” – while carefully avoiding questions of
individual or collective identity in their properly ... Aaron Wildavsky , Assimilation
versus Separation : Joseph the Administrator and the Politics of Religion in
Author: Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Publication of Yosef Yerushalmi's Zakhor in 1982 inspired a generation of scholarly inquiry into historical images and myths, the construction of the Jewish past, and the making and meaning of collective memory. Here, eminent scholars in their respective fields extend the lines of his seminal study into topics that range from medieval rabbinics, homiletics, kabbalah, and Hasidism to antisemitism, Zionism, and the making of modern Jewish identity. Essays are clustered around four central themes: historical consciousness and the construction of memory; the relationship between time and history in Jewish thought; the demise of traditional forms of collective memory; and the writing of Jewish history in modern times.
The two competing notions about Americans' relationship with Indians—
assimilation versus separation—co-existed in the United States during the early
national period. However, most white Americans and government officials initially
Author: Deborah A. Rosen
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
American Indians and State Law examines the history of state and territorial policies, laws, and judicial decisions pertaining to Native Americans from 1790 to 1880. Belying the common assumption that Indian policy and regulation in the United States were exclusively within the federal government's domain, the book reveals how states and territories extended their legislative and judicial authority over American Indians during this period. Deborah A. Rosen uses discussions of nationwide patterns, complemented by case studies focusing on New York, Georgia, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Massachusetts, to demonstrate the decentralized nature of much of early American Indian policy. This study details how state and territorial governments regulated American Indians and brought them into local criminal courts, as well as how Indians contested the actions of states and asserted tribal sovereignty. Assessing the racial conditions of incorporation into the American civic community, Rosen examines the ways in which state legislatures treated Indians as a distinct racial group, explores racial issues arising in state courts, and analyzes shifts in the rhetoric of race, culture, and political status during state constitutional conventions. She also describes the politics of Indian citizenship rights in the states and territories. Rosen concludes that state and territorial governments played an important role in extending direct rule over Indians and in defining the limits and the meaning of citizenship.
Wildavsky, Assimilation versus Separation, p. 158 (my italics). 69. Wildavsky, '
Survival Must Not Be Gained through Sin', p. 38. 70. Wildavsky, 'Survival Must
Not Be Gained through Sin', p. 48. He contrasts Joseph with Moses and
Author: Yiu-Wing Fung
Publisher: A&C Black
This book attempts an interesting exercise in character analysis. It scrutinizes the speeches of Joseph in such a way as to expose the problematic nature of his claims to know God's intentions. While Judah is forced by Joseph's test to choose slavery for the sake of his father's survival, the ironic reversal of Judah's role from victimizer to victim is undercut by the rationale by which he had Joseph sold in order to save him. Unwittingly, Joseph mistakes this rationale as a divine principle that undergirds his suffering and he dreams of domination for the same purpose of survival. He is unaware of Judah's real predicament and this double blindness calls into doubt the coalescence of perspectives of Joseph and the narrator.
This is the latest in a long line of attempts to interpret away the story's problematic
implications through highly allegoric readings. See Assimilation versus
Separation, chap. 1, ''No Foreigner Can Control Israel: The Wife-Sister Motif
Author: Thomas L. Pangle
Publisher: JHU Press
In this book noted scholar Thomas L. Pangle brings back a lost and crucial dimension of political theory: the mutually illuminating encounter between skeptically rationalist political philosophy and faith-based political theology guided ultimately by the authority of the Bible. Focusing on the chapters of Genesis in which the foundation of the Bible is laid, Pangle provides an interpretive reading illuminated by the questions and concerns of the Socratic tradition and its medieval heirs in the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic worlds. He brings into contrast the rival interpretive framework set by the biblical criticism of the modern rationalists Hobbes and Spinoza, along with their heirs from Locke to Hegel. The full meaning of these diverse philosophic responses to the Bible is clarified through a dialogue with hermeneutic discussions by leading political theologians in the Judaic, Muslim, and Christian traditions, from Josephus and Augustine to our day. Profound and subtle in its argument, this book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion but also to thoughtful readers in every walk of life who seek to deepen their understanding of the perplexing relationship between religious faith and philosophic reason. -- James V. Schall
Anomie refers to “personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a
lack of purpose or ideals” (Webster's, 1985, ... is the dividing of a topic, situation,
philosophy, thing, society, or person into two separate, often opposing elements.
Author: David Trotter
David Trotter received his MA: English: Composition and Rhetoric from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Cheney, Washington, USA in May 1995. This is his professional paper (thesis equivalent) from that program, in which he explores the history of multilingual education in the US and the need for Comparative Rhetoric in that education.
my view, Dr. Du Bois was America's most outstanding and socially significant
intellectual ever, Black or White. ... Arguments about integration vs. separation,
nationalism vs. assimilation, socialism vs. capitalism, male chauvinism vs.
Author: Georgia A. Persons
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
An anthology of articles drawn from prior issues of the National Political Science Review.
Introduction In my view, Dr. Du Bois was America's most outstanding and socially
significant intellectual ever, Black or ... Arguments about integration vs.
separation, nationalism vs. assimilation, socialism vs. capitalism, male
Author: W. E. B. Du Bois
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
After four centuries of bondage, the nineteenth century marked the long-awaited release of millions of black slaves. Subsequently, these former slaves attempted to reconstruct the basis of American democracy. W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the greatest intellectual leaders in United States history, evaluates the twenty years of fateful history that followed the Civil War, with special reference to the efforts and experiences of African Americans. Du Bois’s words best indicate the broader parameters of his work: "the attitude of any person toward this book will be distinctly influenced by his theories of the Negro race. If he believes that the Negro in America and in general is an average and ordinary human being, who under given environment develops like other human beings, then he will read this story and judge it by the facts adduced." The plight of the white working class throughout the world is directly traceable to American slavery, on which modern commerce and industry was founded, Du Bois argues. Moreover, the resulting color caste was adopted, forwarded, and approved by white labor, and resulted in the subordination of colored labor throughout the world. As a result, the majority of the world’s laborers became part of a system of industry that destroyed democracy and led to World War I and the Great Depression. This book tells that story.
To one side are the dualisms associated with inclusion versus exclusion as
opposing tendencies ; to the other side are the dualisms of assimilation versus
separation as optional choices . Consider the possibilities : One of the dualisms
Author: Augie Fleras
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Designed for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations. This introductory text comes at a time when the boundaries of "being Canadian" are being pushed to the limit by deep diversities. The book begins with the assumption that race, ethnic, and Aboriginal interactions are relations in inequality. It continues by emphasizing how these largely inequitable group relationships are constructed, sustained, challenged, and modified by way of official policy and institutional practices. It concludes by focusing on the politics of race, ethnic, and Aboriginal relations as they contribute to or detract from the challenge of Canadian society-building.
On assimilation versus statehood, Naomi W. Cohen writes that “Zangwill saw the
Jewish future in the Western world in either/or terms—'total assimilation or
territorial separation'—and he defended the two seemingly contradictory
Author: Meri-Jane Rochelson
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
After winning an international audience with his novel Children of the Ghetto, Israel Zangwill went on to write numerous short stories, four additional novels, and several plays, including The Melting Pot. Author Meri-Jane Rochelson, a noted expert on Zangwill’s work, examines his career from its beginnings in the 1890s to the performance of his last play, We Moderns, in 1924, to trace how Zangwill became the best-known Jewish writer in Britain and America and a leading spokesperson on Jewish affairs throughout the world. In A Jew in the Public Arena, Rochelson examines Zangwill’s published writings alongside a wealth of primary materials, including letters, diaries, manuscripts, press cuttings, and other items in the vast Zangwill files of the Central Zionist Archives, to demonstrate why an understanding of Israel Zangwill’s career is essential to understanding the era that so significantly shaped the modern Jewish experience. Once he achieved fame as an author and playwright, Israel Zangwill became a prominent public activist for the leading social causes of the twentieth century, including women’s suffrage, peace, Zionism, and the Jewish territorialist movement and rescue efforts. Rochelson shows how Zangwill’s activism and much of his literary output were grounded in a universalist vision of Judaism and a commitment to educate the world about Jews as a way of combating antisemitism. Still, Zangwill’s position in favor of creating a homeland for the Jews wherever one could be found (in contrast to mainstream Zionism’s focus on Palestine) and his apparent advocacy of assimilation in his play The Melting Pot made him an increasingly controversial figure. By the middle of the twentieth century his reputation had fallen into decline, and his work is unknown to many modern readers. A Jew in the Public Arena looks at Zangwill’s literary and political activities in the context of their time, to make clear why he held such a place of importance in turn-of-the-century literary and political culture and why his life and work are significant today. Jewish studies scholars as well as students and teachers of late Victorian to Modernist British literature and culture will appreciate this insightful look at Israel Zangwill.
Though this separation was based on resistance to white authority , many of the
deep - seated values of white society found their way into sermons presented by
blacks . Black ministers preached the values of family discipline , religious ...
Author: Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland
From 1827 to 1861, most Africans in America were either enslaved, propertyless or without citizenship. Yet during that period at least 28 African American newspapers were published. Perhaps the most frequent and controversial topic of debate in these papers was the issue of emigration vs. assimilation. Should blacks in America emigrate to Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada, or continue their quest for assimilation within the American culture? Editors of the black press influenced the self-view of countless African Americans.
Assimilation vs . Separation Any latent or manifest lower - order class that
struggles to emerge , that places itself in conflict with “ the tape of the world that
looks on in amused contempt and pity , ” has , basically , an unenviable
framework of ...
Author: J. Ronald Green
A critical examination of the films of Oscar Micheaux. One of the most original and successful filmmakers of all time, Oscar Micheaux was born into a rural, working-class, African-American family in mid-America in 1884, yet he created an impressive legacy in commercial cinema. Between 1913 and 1951 he wrote, directed, and distributed some forty-three feature films, more than any other black filmmaker in the world, a record of production that is likely to stand for a very long time. Micheaux's work was founded upon the concern for class mobility, or uplift, for African Americans. Uplift provided the context for Micheaux's extensive commentary on racist cinema, such as D. W. Griffith's 1915 blockbuster, The Birth of a Nation, which Micheaux "answered" with his very early films Within Our Gates and Symbol of the Unconquered. Uplift explains Micheaux's use of "negative images" of African Americans as well as his multi-pronged campaign against stereotype and caricature in American culture. His campaign produced a body of films saturated with a nuanced intertexual "signifying," boldly and repeatedly treating controversial topics that face white censorship time after time, topics ranging from white mob and Klan violence to light-skin-color fetish to white financing of black cultural productions.
With the proper historical conditions, many of the blacks who have been
espousing assimilation-integration or separation-emigration would opt for violent
revolution. Secondly, if the historial conditions became such that the society
Author: Joseph W. Scott
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
How was racism institutionalized in the United States? What strategies have black people used in their struggle for liberation and equality? Joseph Scott addresses these weighty questions from the perspective that at its core, racism is a "legal-political problem in which blacks and whites have been assigned to separate legal estates.'" He enumerates three different forms of exploitation to which black people have been subjected, and seven basic strategies they have used to combat slavery and institutional racism.