The Progressive shpiel: storytelling and the social performance of identity within Perth's progressive Jewish community

Alice Leggett

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Abstract

In the small Progressive Jewish community of Perth, Western Australia, engaging with Jewish religious, cultural and social practices poses unique challenges. This research examines how changing definitions of Jewishness are navigated within the community through 'going on a shpiel', that is, the social act of storytelling. Using Pierre Bourdieu's 'theory of practice' and in­ depth qualitative analysis, it is argued that the Progressive shpiel performs Identity through displaying an individual's Jewish habitus and their mastery of social, cultural and religious practices. Discourses of legitimacy, collectivity and authenticity make evident ongoing tensions between the Jewish faith, liberal progressive values and modem Australian identities.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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