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In the 1990s, thousands of non-Jewish Latinos arrived in Israel as undocumented immigrants. Based on his fieldwork in South America and Israel, Barak Kalir follows these workers from their decision to migrate to their experiences finding work, establishing social clubs and evangelical Christian churches, and putting down roots in Israeli society. While the State of Israel rejected the presence of non-Jewish migrants, many citizens accepted them. Latinos grew to favor cultural assimilation to Israeli society. In 2005, after a large-scale deportation campaign that drew criticism from many quarters, Israel made the historic decision to legalize the status of some undocumented migrant families on the basis of their cultural assimilation and identification with the State. By doing so, the author maintains, Israel recognized the importance of practical belonging for understanding citizenship and national identity.

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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-sii
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  1. Introduction: Undocumented Belonging
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. PART ONE
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  1. Unsettling Setting: A Jewish State Dependent on Non-Jewish Labor
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. Destiny and Destination: Latinos Deciding to Leave for Israel
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. PART TWO
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  1. Shifting Strategies: From the Accumulation of Money toward the Accumulation of Belonging
  2. pp. 89-125
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  1. Divisive Dynamics: The Absence of Political Community and the Differentiations of the Recreational Scene
  2. pp. 126-155
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  1. The Religious Forms of Undocumented Lives: Latino Evangelical Churches
  2. pp. 156-200
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  1. PART THREE
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  1. Israeli Resolution, Latino Disillusion: From Massive Deportation to Symbolic Legalization
  2. pp. 203-227
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  1. Conclusion: A New Assimilation?
  2. pp. 228-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-241
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-255
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-262
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253004710
Related ISBN
9780253355072
MARC Record
OCLC
670411632
Pages
278
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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