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Coming Home

Media and Returning Diaspora in Israel and Germany

Nelly Elias, Hanna Herzog

Publication Year: 2008

Examines the social and cultural integration of Russian-speaking Jews and Germans who immigrated to their respective historic homelands. Coming Home provides an extraordinary glimpse into the social and cultural integration of a unique category of immigrants—the returning Diaspora. During the 1990s Russian-speaking Jews and Germans returned to their respective historic homelands. Nelly Elias explores the social and cultural adaptation of these two groups by focusing on the roles played by their native language—Russian—and the language used by the media of each country. Based on one hundred in-depth interviews conducted with immigrants now living in both Israel and Germany, Coming Home considers media use to be an inseparable part of an immigrant’s adaptation strategy, simultaneously reflecting construction of a new social and cultural identity while also preserving their original cultural identities.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

CONTENTS

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pp. v-

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FOREWORD

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pp. vii-ix

Can you imagine a fish without water? This is like the trivial question that can be posed in connection with the media and society in modern times, from the second half of the twentieth century and even more so since the turn of the century. It is precisely because of the overwhelming presence of mass communications in every aspect of life and the way the media touch on every social issue, that media research constitutes a continual challenge for...

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xi-

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INTRODUCTION: IMMIGRANTS AND THE MASS MEDIA

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pp. 1-11

Immigration to and integration in a new society are among the most dynamic and complex processes in an individual’s life, characterized by numerous discoveries, confusions, and challenges that eventually lead to significant personal changes. According to Maines (1978), one may distinguish between two different paths of immigrant adaptation, body and self: The first addresses instrumental aspects, such as finding suitable housing and employment, while...

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CHAPTER ONE: COMING HOME? FSU IMMIGRANTS IN ISRAEL AND GERMANY

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pp. 13-30

According to Kim’s (2001) comprehensive theory of communication and crosscultural adaptation, as well as to Alba and Nee’s (2003) new assimilation theory, immigrants’ social and cultural integration is affected by the political, economic, and cultural features of the host country, as well as by the characteristics of the immigrants themselves, especially the strength of their ethnic group, yielding results ranging from rapid assimilation to cultural and social...

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CHAPTER TWO: RUSSIAN-LANGUAGE MEDIAIN ISRAEL AND GERMANY

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pp. 31-41

Chapter 1 established the necessary foundation for a more thorough comprehension of FSU immigrants’ media consumption patterns, comparing various social, political, and ideological aspects of the respective reception contexts in Israel and Germany and the sociocultural features of the two immigrant communities. The final component of this foundation is an assessment of the Russian-language media maps in these countries and the principal patterns...

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CHAPTER THREE: MEDIA AND RETURNING DIASPORA IN ISRAEL

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pp. 43-99

This book regards the immigrants’ media uses as an inseparable part of their social and cultural integration and as a major tool in shaping their new identity and preserving their original one. Chapter 3 opens with a review of patterns evident in participants’ integration in Israel and key issues concerning their social and cultural identity, seeking to improve comprehension of...

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CHAPTER FOUR: MEDIA AND RETURNING DIASPORA IN GERMANY

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pp. 101-140

This chapter, like the previous one, begins with an exploration of major adaptation patterns among FSU immigrants and outstanding issues concerning their cultural identity in their country of origin and the changes that occurred after immigration to Germany. It then proceeds to analyze their media consumption in the Russian and German languages and concludes by...

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CHAPTER FIVE: MEDIA AND IMMIGRANTS’ ADAPTATION IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

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pp. 141-150

This book has focused on the transition of the immigrants’ “self” and the roles fulfilled by the mass media in this process among two immigrant communities: Jews and Germans from the former Soviet Union, who immigrated during the 1990s to Israel and Germany, respectively. Thus, apart from a striking similarity in period of immigration and country of origin, both communities match the definition of returning Diaspora, rendering comparison...

APPENDIX

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pp. 151-153

NOTES

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REFERENCES

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pp. 157-168

AUTHOR INDEX

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pp. 169-171

SUBJECT INDEX

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pp. 173-175


E-ISBN-13: 9780791478066
E-ISBN-10: 0791478068
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791474952
Print-ISBN-10: 079147495X

Page Count: 187
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Series Editor Byline: Russell Stone