National Minority, National Mentality, and Communal Ethnicity: Changes in Ethnic Identity of Former Soviet Union Jewish Emigrants on the Israeli Kibbutz

By David Mittelberg, Nikolay Borschevsky

Blackwell Publishing, 2004

In this paper the authors examine and compare the ethnic identity of the Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) and the process of change in ethnic identity among the new immigrants from the FSU who have participated in a five-month kibbutz program. They found that pre-migration Soviet Jews defined their ethnicity as a discriminated national minority with a weak symbolic ethnicity content. Post-migration ethnicity was found to be remarkably altered: the new ethnic identity may have weaker boundaries, but a more positive content than that left behind.

Topic: Kibbutz, Russian Jews, Jewish Identification, Informal Education, Israel Experience, Ethnicity

Name of Publication: International Migration

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.1

Page Number(s): 89-115

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Former Soviet Union (FSU) , Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Mittelberg, David. Borschevsky, Nikolay. National Minority, National Mentality, and Communal Ethnicity: Changes in Ethnic Identity of Former Soviet Union Jewish Emigrants on the Israeli Kibbutz. International Migration. Blackwell Publishing. 2004: 89-115. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13719


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