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Port Jews or a People of the Diaspora? A Critique of the Port Jew Concept
Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society (2009)
  • C. S. Monaco, Oxford Brookes University
Abstract

This article offers a critical examination of the port Jew concept that was first introduced in the late 1990s. The port Jew "social type" has been construed as an alternate path to modernity, a phenomenon that was distinct from the European Haskalah and intrinsic to the supposedly liberal environment of port towns and cities. Drawing on a body of historical evidence (primarily from the Dutch and British Caribbean), this article questions key characteristics of the port Jew thesis and argues that a diaspora framework is better suited for conceptualizing the Jewish Atlantic world.

Keywords
  • Port Jews,
  • diaspora,
  • ethnicity,
  • modernity
Publication Date
Winter 2009
Citation Information
C. S. Monaco. "Port Jews or a People of the Diaspora? A Critique of the Port Jew Concept" Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society Vol. 15 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/c_monaco/2/