Susan Judith Ship Jewish, Canadian, Quebecois?  Notes on A Diasporic Identity
Who Are You?
     Canadian?           Ontarian?           Liberal?     Conservative?          Religious/ N on  R eligious?           En...
   Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Straight?           Black/White/Yellow/Brown/Red?           Anglophone/Francophone?          Young...
Other?
<ul><li>Self-Identification </li></ul><ul><li>- It is both inward, and outward looking </li></ul><ul><li>It reflects how y...
“ The pervasive tendency to view identity –  ethnic, “racial”, religious, class, or gender, for that matter – in singular,...
Diaspora   (noun)   1 – the  J ews living outside  Palestine or modern Israel, the settling,  or area of settlement, of Je...
Zionism  –  A  Jewish movement that arose in the late 19th century in response to growing anti-Semitism and sought to rees...
“ Identifying social collectivities in the Canadian context in terms of ‘nations’ and ‘ethnic minorities’ or ‘cultural com...
I do not want to be integrated as a member of a minority whose rights need to be protected…  When do I cease to be a Jew a...
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Jewish, canadian, quebecois notes on a diasporic identity

  1. 1. Susan Judith Ship Jewish, Canadian, Quebecois? Notes on A Diasporic Identity
  2. 2. Who Are You?
  3. 3.     Canadian?          Ontarian?          Liberal?    Conservative?         Religious/ N on R eligious?          Environmentalist?          Activist?          Feminist?        Student?       
  4. 4.   Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Straight?          Black/White/Yellow/Brown/Red?          Anglophone/Francophone?         Young/Old/Middle-aged ?         Asian/African/ European /Latin American/Middle Eastern?          Jewish/Christian/Hindu/Buddhist/Muslim/Atheist/Wicca?          Rich/Middleclass/Poor?
  5. 5. Other?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Self-Identification </li></ul><ul><li>- It is both inward, and outward looking </li></ul><ul><li>It reflects how you see yourself in relation to others </li></ul><ul><li>how you present yourself to the world </li></ul><ul><li>how the outside world reacts to you </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ The pervasive tendency to view identity – ethnic, “racial”, religious, class, or gender, for that matter – in singular, homogenizing, static, and totalizing terms is, in part, the legacy of outmoded categories and ways of classifying peoples that inhere from a historically specific Euro centric perspective and experience whereby a single social signifier becomes the indelible mark of “otherness,” of difference if not inferiority.” (Page 21 – Susan Judith Ship)
  8. 8. Diaspora (noun) 1 – the J ews living outside Palestine or modern Israel, the settling, or area of settlement, of Jews outside Palestine after the Babylonian exile. diaspora 2 - a dispersion or migration, e.g. of people originally coming from the same country or having a common culture . ( The New Penguin English Dictionary )
  9. 9. Zionism – A Jewish movement that arose in the late 19th century in response to growing anti-Semitism and sought to reestablish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Modern Zionism is concerned with the support and development of the state of Israel. (dictionary.com)
  10. 10. “ Identifying social collectivities in the Canadian context in terms of ‘nations’ and ‘ethnic minorities’ or ‘cultural communities’ as we are called in Quebec , is not simply about preserving cultural heritages, the affirmation of the right to be different or the demarcation of socio-cultural boundaries between social groups. It is also a means of structuring and legitimating unequal power relations between social collectivities, of creating and maintaining an operative ethnic and ‘racial’ hierarchy.” (Page 27 –SJS)
  11. 11. I do not want to be integrated as a member of a minority whose rights need to be protected… When do I cease to be a Jew and become Quebecois e ? When do I cease to be a Jew and become Canadian? (pg 27- SJS)  

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