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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18100

Title: Extension: Towards a Genealogical Accountability: (The Critical [E]Race[ing] of Mad Jewish Identity
Authors: Epstein, Griffin
Advisor: Nestel, Sheryl
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: Jewish Identity
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2009
Abstract: Can we be accountable to privilege? Can we find a space for coherent anti-racist secular Ashkenazi Jewish identity in North America, where Jews have been deeply implicated in structural violence? Can we be agents of both complicity and change? This auto-ethnography describes a haunting; focusing on the ghostly presences of my deceased uncle Larry Treiman and Bruno Bettelheim, child psychologist and director of the residential treatment facility where Larry was institutionalized as a child, it creates a deeply personal explanation for how the whitening of Ashkenazi North American Jewish identity, the shifts in discourses of madness and major sociological and economic change in Chicago and New York over the second half of the 20th century constituted my subjectivity and my privilege. This text proposes accountability through genealogy, teasing out the possibility for ethical thought and action through cultivating a deeply personal relationship to the ghosts that make us.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18100
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