demographics

Is Intermarriage On The Decline?

Google Alerts, you have failed me!

Last week, sociologist Bruce Phillips argued in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s “Demographic Duo” blog that intermarriage actually declined between 1990 and 2000, the period in which the Jewish establishment was in the midst of a continuity panic attack.

I only stumbled upon his interesting post today, after Google belatedly alerted me to a follow-up post from demographic researcher Pini Herman, the duo’s other half. 

According to Phillips, the National Jewish Population Surveys of 2000 and 1990 measured intermarriage in a “problematic” manner inconsistent with the way “the larger field of demography” measures interracial (and presumably inter-ethnic?) marriage. This, he says, made for misleadingly high intermarriage stats.

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