Adapting to Abundance: Jewish Immigrants, Mass Consumption, and the Search for American Identity (Columbia History of Urban Life)
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Columbia University Press
(first published April 15th 1992)
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Heinze writes about the ways Jewish immigrants adapted to American culture through consumption. This is a study of acculturation both in the ways Jews adapted to America, but also how they affected American culture. Heinze argues that the ways in which Jews acculturated (e.g. clothes, vacations, luxuries) were symbolic changes because they could not acquire these things in the Old World. One of the most profound shifts through consumption was in how the line between the sacred and profane was bl...more