Insight into ethnic flux: Marriage patterns among Jews of mixed ancestry in Israel

Barbara S. Okun*

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Increases in ethnic and racial intermarriage in immigrant countries have led to growing proportions of persons of mixed ancestry and backgrounds. The marriage patterns of these persons both reflect and affect the salience and meaning of current forms of ethnicity and race in these societies. This article analyzes the marriage behavior of children of ethnically mixed unions in the Jewish population of Israel. Among persons of mixed ancestry, educational attainment plays a large role in whether they marry Ashkenazim or less economically advantaged Mizrahim. Such patterns suggest that intermarriage in Israel does not necessarily reduce ethnic differences in socioeconomic status or the salience of ethnicity among disadvantaged groups.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)173-187
Number of pages15
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004

Bibliographical note

Appeared also in "Israel's Destiny: Fertility and Mortality in a Divided Society" (2007) 145-163.

RAMBI Publications

  • Rambi Publications
  • Ethnic groups -- Israel
  • Israel -- Population
  • Jewish marriage customs and rites -- History
  • Marriage (Jewish law) -- History


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