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Communicative practices of Yiddish -speaking Jewish elders on South Miami Beach


2001 2001

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This dissertation employs an ethnographic perspective to describe and interpret the communicative practices of a speech community of Jewish immigrant elders on South Miami Beach. Fieldwork conducted from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s with a daily gathering that met by the oceanside offers the basis for analysis of the meanings of sociability and Yiddish linguistic and musical performance. Indepth interviews with gathering participants indicate distinctive ways in which these communicative practices displayed and affirmed a sense of shared cultural identity, an accomplishment underscored by the marginal status of this speech community. Practices of sociability and Yiddish cultural performance were understood as countering conditions of cultural invisiblity, social isolation and the abandonment of Yiddish culture. Issues of communal space, a public sphere, collective memory, mutual aid, and life storying in relationship to the Holocaust are discussed. The meanings of folksong performance are elaborated as a cultural norm and ritual form that perpetuated a long-term, diasporic cultural tradition.

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Subject
Communication;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology;
Folklore
Classification
0459: Communication
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
0358: Folklore
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Communication; Elders; Florida; Jewish; South Miami Beach; Yiddish-speaking
Title
Communicative practices of Yiddish -speaking Jewish elders on South Miami Beach
Author
Saxe, Joel
Number of pages
321
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0493084193, 9780493084190
Advisor
Carbaugh, Donal
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3000342
ProQuest document ID
230489358
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/230489358
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