The transnational effect of multicultural policies on migrants' identification: The case of the Israeli diaspora in the USA

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Abstract

While it is difficult to gauge the effect of multicultural policies within countries, it is even more difficult to measure them across countries. In this article, I use fundamental multicultural changes that have occurred in Israeli society in recent decades as a case study, and track their effect on how Israelis who reside in the USA identify with Israel. Analysing the US census and the American Community Survey, I have focused my research on three groups of Israeli-born migrants in the USA - Israeli Arabs, ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Jewish majority. Findings indicate that originating from a minority community in the homeland predicts not only a different rate, but also different longitudinal trends of Israeli identification. I offer several possible explanations for these variations, but an in-depth analysis of the Israeli case indicates that the transnational effect of the changing multicultural agenda in Israel is the leading mechanism at play.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)118-139
Number of pages22
JournalGlobal Networks
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Israel
  • diaspora
  • identity
  • migrants
  • minorities
  • multicultural policies
  • usa

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences

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