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Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit

Lila Corwin Berman


American Jews’ enduring commitment to urbanism played a central role in their postwar moves from cities to suburbs. The contradiction in this statement is obvious: why would American Jews move to the suburbs if they cared so passionately about cities? Taking its cue from historians and social critics who have long looked toward Detroit to understand twentieth-century urban transformations, Metropolitan Jews tells the story of how Jews left the city by retaining a deep and often troubling sense of their fundamental urbanism that they carried with them well into the suburbs. It brings to light t ... More

Keywords: Jews, urbanism, suburbanization, white flight, housing politics, metropolitan, Detroit, spiritual politics, synagogue, architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226247830
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226247977.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lila Corwin Berman, author