In the case of Jews, for instance, except for Zionist circles and the action of certain associations promoting specifically Jewish interests, there thus exist communal relationships only to a relatively small extent; indeed, Jews often repudiate the existence of a Jewish 'community'.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Max Weber on Jewish Communal Identity
Author: Jonathan Harrison
Max Weber's Theory of Social and Economic Organization, originally published in German in 1920 and in English in 1947 (see here), contains a section entitled "Types of Solidary Social Relationships". This divides relationships into 'communal' and 'associative', defined here. On contemporary German Jews, Weber (p.138) refutes the assumption that Jews were an inward-looking close-knit community: