Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Celso M. Villegas

Second Advisor

Justin Schupp

Third Advisor

Nancy Powers

Abstract

This paper examines the historical relationship between the Jewish communal institutions and the Jewish left in Argentina between 1930 and 2015. By framing the changing relationship between the Jewish left and the communal institutions in terms of power dynamics, boundary shifts, and major events, we are able to better understand this historical relationship, and changes that have taken place over time. Patterns of communal cohesion, marginalization of the Jewish left, and boundary negotiation have emerged at various points in the history of the Argentine Jewish community, and have been highly influenced by events in Argentine society and in Israel. Furthermore, the Dirty War in 1976-1983 was a major turning point for the Jewish community, as the communal institutions no longer served as an intermediary between the state and the Jewish left, which led to a severe debilitation of the Argentine Jewish left. The current state of the Argentine Jewish community is examined at the end of this work, which serves to complete the historical arc of relationship between the Jewish communal institutions and the Jewish left in Argentina.

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