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The Social Scientific Study of JewrySources, Approaches, Debates$
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Uzi Rebhun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001

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Sources for the Demographic Study of the Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Sources for the Demographic Study of the Jews in the Former Soviet Union

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The Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Mark Tolts

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the sources of data use in demographic study of Jews in the former Soviet Union. It explains that Russian Jewish studies were based on census results and vital and migration statistics, the role of Soviet internal passport as a basis for Jewish statistics and the consequences of the elimination of compulsory ethnic identification in the post-Soviet Slavic countries. It also discusses tsarist and Soviet statistical legacies and the developments during the last quarter century.

Keywords:   demographic study, Russian Jews, former Soviet Union, census, migration statistics, Soviet internal passport, ethnic identification, Slavic countries

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