The Jewish Chronopolis and “Temporal Identity” Politics



Social temporality is the time that difference makes. By means of it, diasporized ethnic communities experience the difference that time makes. The social temporalities of ethnic communities are diasporized because these immigrants establish themselves outside the confines of their homeland. A diasporic week thus is a temporal outpost of the homeland that is linked to it, directly through transnational relations, symbolically through the uniformity of religious practices undertaken on Sabbath day and during holy days, or both. In New York City, the Jewish weekly cycle is diasporic because it did not originate there, but came into being as a result of the immigration of the population into the United States. This temporal identity is not homogeneous because of the diverse background of the Jewish population (Israeli, European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and so on), because of ideological divisions within the population (secular Jews versus Orthodox, Reform or Conservative Jews), and because of the diversity within these categories. Nevertheless, in spite of or because of this diversity, Jewish identity in New York is a node in transglobal networks that connects that local expression to other diasporic sites and to Israel.


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© Michel S. Laguerre 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California at BerkeleyUSA

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