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SummonedIdentification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood$
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Iddo Tavory

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226321868

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226322193.001.0001

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Toward a Sociology of Summoning

Toward a Sociology of Summoning

(p.1) One Toward a Sociology of Summoning

Iddo Tavory

University of Chicago Press

The chapter sets up the empirical and theoretical problem the book traces: how to account for the density of social life, and how to theoretically come to terms with worlds in which people are constantly brought into being and into interaction. Focusing on the Jewish Orthodox neighborhood of Beverly-La Brea—an Orthodox neighborhood in the midst of the secular—I argue that in order to understand the “thickness” of social life, we need to go beyond studies of networks and of interaction, to outline the inter-situational structure of everyday life. The chapter also gives a short road map for the book, and outlines some of the ways in which the ethnographer’s position in the neighborhood structured his observations and theorizing.

Keywords:   Judaism, orthodox, interaction, identity, social worlds, theory of action

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