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The “halfway” category included those who said that “about half” or “less than half” of their close friends were Jewish, while the “distant” category was comprised of those who replied that “none or very few” of their friends were Jewish. THE COMPOSITION OF SOCIAL NETWORK GROUPS The friendship network typology is replicated here on the British and South African datasets, but the larger sample sizes allow for the full five point scale to be utilized in order to test its validity. 3 shows a comparison of British and South African Jews according to their Jewish friendships, revealing a skewed pattern similar to that of the religious outlook of South African Jews discussed earlier.

Situations in which group membership is randomly assigned, belonging to a group influences behavior. Such groups might be formed as arbitrarily as the experimental situations dictate—for example by splitting people into groups on the basis of whether they prefer the paintings of Klee or Kandinsky, or—in a real-life setting—by looking at those who support opposing football teams. This chapter considers the possible mediating effects of belonging to different Jewish social network groups on behaviors and attitudes.

Spend the same as now” was the majority position (Progressive 58%; Orthodox 53%). Slightly more were in favor of reducing benefits (Progressive 23%; Orthodox 28%) than increasing benefits (Progressive 19%; Orthodox 17%). Of course, these attitudes are influenced by people’s perception of the welfare system. Certainly, there has been much debate about the real numbers of unemployed and the opportunities for manipulating the system. 2 “In This Area Most People Could Find a Job if They Really Wanted To” Strongly agree Agree Uncertain Disagree Strongly disagree Orthodox 6 29 27 30 8 Progressive 4 32 23 29 13 BSA 1991 8 31 27 33 9 The replies show there is no one common Jewish, Orthodox, or Progressive view.

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