Coming Home: Media and Returning Diaspora in Israel and Germany
SUNY Press, Jul 22, 2008 - 187 pages
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.
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2 RUSSIANLANGUAGE MEDIA IN ISRAEL AND GERMANY
3 MEDIA AND RETURNING DIASPORA IN ISRAEL
4 MEDIA AND RETURNING DIASPORA IN GERMANY
5 MEDIA AND IMMIGRANTS ADAPTATION IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
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Page 167 - In D. Prital (Ed.), In Search of Self : The Soviet Jewish Intelligentsia and the Exodus (pp.
Page 3 - explained . . . the mysteries of baseball to Jewish fathers. It proudly noted the increase of immigrant attendance at museums. ... It even gave instruction on the use of handkerchiefs" (ibid.: 531), facilitating immigrants' adjustment to their new surroundings.
Page 15 - German government calls for the "return of our German brothers and sisters who wish to live as Germans in a German country" (Joppke, 1997: 279), yet in practice Germany maintains a yearly quota system and has instituted rigid language requirements.
Page 1 - Kim's theory of cross-cultural adaptation, in which "adaptation of an individual to a given cultural environment occurs in and through communication