Jewish Women's Sorority Experiences

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Material Information

Title:
Jewish Women's Sorority Experiences
Physical Description:
1 online resource (266 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Bragger, Judith Leat
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Sociology, Sociology and Criminology & Law
Committee Chair:
BURES,REGINA MARIE
Committee Co-Chair:
KOROPECKYJ-COX,TATYANA M
Committee Members:
BROAD-WRIGHT,KENDAL L
PAGE,JUDITH WALLICK

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
college -- identity -- jewish -- lifecourse -- sorority -- women
Sociology and Criminology & Law -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Sociology thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This study is the first to explore Jewish sorority womens Jewish identity development. College is a formative time during which the social peer groups that Jewish emerging adults select, such as social Greek-letter organizations, influence their identity formation and in turn the trajectory of their Jewish identity. Women are traditionally considered to be the primary force in instilling a Jewish identity in their children, thus ensuring the continuation of the community at large. Considering this, this study explores the womens Jewish and sorority identities in their: college experience; relationship among sorority sisters; evolving Jewish and feminine identity; and dating practices. To address these issues, Jewish sorority women from: a nationally Jewish sorority, predominantly Jewish nonsectarian sorority, and predominantly non-Jewish nonsectarian sororities were asked to participate in a mixed-methods study consisting of an online survey followed by an in-depth interview. In total 46 Jewish sorority women participated, completing 32 interviews and 43 surveys. Sororities were found to help ease the transition to college and by establishing a place of belonging for its members. When selecting a sorority, its Jewish population was an important consideration to ensure not feeling like a minority within the group. Despite sorority selection, all of the women experienced a change in Jewish practices since practices that were facilitated at home, such as keeping kosher, became inconvenient in the college environment. Changes in Jewish practice were considered a reflection of the transitional nature of college and not therefore necessarily permanent. Once out of college, the women intended to create households that maintained traditional Jewish gender roles, ideally with Jewish spouses. Ultimately, women who were members of predominantly non-Jewish sororities had to go out of their way to enact their Jewish identity, which they considered separate from their sorority identity. Women in predominantly Jewish sororities felt that they were enacting their Jewish identity by enacting their sorority identity. Nationally Jewish sororities further encourage Jewish identity development by explicitly facilitating certain Jewish practices.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Judith Leat Bragger.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: BURES,REGINA MARIE.
Local:
Co-adviser: KOROPECKYJ-COX,TATYANA M.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2016-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046665:00001