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Until very recently most of what gets classified as "Jewish history" or "Jewish studies" has been more of the communalist rather than the dispersionist variety.
Hollinger offers as an alternative to the communalist orientation of the field the concept of "post-Jewish" as an analytic approach.
I regard myself, then, as an American social historian who often treats the American Jewish experience and seeks to include Jews in the larger American historical narrative, rather than a Jewish historian with a solely communalist perspective.
It is therefore safe to say that those who conduct historical research on American Jews (Jews and non-Jews, communalists and dispersionists alike) are all post-Jewish historians now.
While most American Jewish historians have written from a communalist viewpoint, few have articulated what could be called a communalist scholarly agenda.
Diner is correct to observe that many communalist histories have been highly attentive to the Americanness of their subjects, but this is not quite the same as the agenda I call dispersionist, which looks more to the diminution of Jewish communal ties.
With the help of interviews and archival material, the authors argue that what was described as a miracle' by Hindu communalists to mobilise Hindu masses was, in fact, well- planned conspiracy by the Hindu Mahasabha.
Integrative Personhood: A Communalist Metaphysical Anthropology consists of seven-chapter work of one hundred and ninety one pages.
The abduction stories also illustrate the remarkable aptitude shown by the Hindu communalists in a range of media to propagate the image of the lustful Muslim male.
But if Abdullah himself recoiled from communalist threats, he acquiesced in their use by others, remarking at the end of the 2007 UMNO assembly that "the keris is a weapon, but is also a weapon to protect yourself and your friends" (Beh 2007b).
Characterized by an essentially pre-modern, communalist world view, Irish immigrants, he argues, exhibited an extraordinary degree of homesickness (regardless of how economically successful they were) and, in rejecting the Anglo-Saxon individualism and materialism of America, formed an oppositional component in American society, culture and politics.
The court ruling has once again proved that communalist rhetoric, however loud, cannot drown out secular voices.