Intergenerational Responses to Social and Political Changes

Transformation of Jewish Identity in Hungary
  • Ferenc Erös
  • Júlia Vajda
  • Éva Kovács
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Jewish identity in the diaspora has always had its problematic sides, particularly in the last 100 years. As a consequence of factors such as secularization, the erosion or dissolution of traditional communities, and rapid assimilation processes, Jewish identity became more problematic, and its borders and definitions more vague, doubtful, or flexible. Definitions of “being a Jew” were relativized; they became various points on a scale that may range from belonging to a ritual community, to a distinct ethnic, religious and/or linguistic group, through belonging to more or less well-defined subcultures and/or traditions, to the point where no Jewish identity exists at all.


Jewish Identity Interview Situation Jewish Culture Jewish Question Jewish School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferenc Erös
    • 1
  • Júlia Vajda
    • 2
  • Éva Kovács
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of SociologyELTE UniversityBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Institute for East European StudiesBudapestHungary

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