Essay about Jewish Culture : A Common Sense

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(The setting takes place about 30 years later and Mona seeks independence within culture rather than just becoming American; shame, manners, consideration 97)?? Almost 30 years later a similar…
In “Racial Formation in the United States”, Omi and Winant introduce the term “common sense” in order to explain an individual’s behavior. Common sense implies that one’s actions occur because of the way we interpret the world. One’s common sense can arrive from influential factors, such as family, the past, and several others. Omi and Winant ultimately used common sense to explained race; however, other theorists have used it to understand hegemony in society. Omi, Winant and Mark C. J. Stoddart reference Antonio Gramsci for further analysis, for he states: “in order to consolidate their hegemony, ruling groups must elaborate, the media, religion, folk wisdom, etc.—which he called “common sense” (Omi and Winant 67). In Bread Givers, Reb Smolinsky strongly believes that Jewish culture should still be maintained as it was in Russia which assigns him the head of household role; authority over women. Therefore, by bringing the old common sense to the new world by enforcing religious beliefs as a guide that establishes roles. Reb states, “’No girl can live without a father or a husband to look out for her. It saids in the Torah, only through man has a woman an existence. Only through a man can a woman enter Heaven’” (Yezierska 137). Yezierska provides insight of the use of religion,…

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