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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
I liked this book so much. At the time when Heinze wrote it, the idea of evaluating immigrants according to their consumption patterns was revolutionary. He started a whole new trend. If you like history (which I do) then you will enjoy reading it. It was assigned to me in college, and my teacher couldn't say enough good things about Heinze's scholarship. He is cited in a million other books.