Buffered mobility: parenting strategies of religious Jewish global middle class families

Maayan Mizrachi, Claire Maxwell, Miri Yemini

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This study adds to the emerging body of literature on parental practices and trajectories of globally mobile middle-class families, by focusing on families belonging to diverse religious Jewish communities. Through an interview-based, in-depth analysis of three internationally mobile families representing various Jewish religious factions, we illustrate the complex matrix of inter-relations between mobility, religion, and parenting. Our analysis shows that a mobile lifestyle offers these Jewish religious families a liberating encounter, but that parents work to maintain their religious links while simultaneously securing the necessary advantages middle-class families generally aspire to. We found that religion plays an important role in social reproduction of these particular mobile families, acting as a buffer to reduce the uncertainty and shock integral to regular mobility. Furthermore, we illuminate how various forms of religiosity are reproduced through different strategies across the participating families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-225
JournalEducation Inquiry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Religion
  • families
  • global middle class
  • mobility


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