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By Majid Al-Haj

This booklet offers with the ethnic formation one of the Nineteen Nineties immigrants from the previous Soviet Union in Israel, in gentle of either family adjustments, and advancements within the Israel- Arab clash. in response to a wide number of quantitative and qualitative equipment, the ebook provides a close research of id styles between those immigrants, their orientation in concerns of faith, society, tradition and politics, and their relationships with all of the constituent teams in Israeli society – together with the Palestinian minority. The booklet offers a brand new serious standpoint on questions of immigration, ethnicity and society in Israel. The research is positioned in an international theoretical context that demanding situations the dominant procedure within the sociology of immigration in Israel, that's in keeping with the Zionist paradigm.

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There is increasing evidence that in certain circumstances politics may be the main force that creates individuals’ sense of belonging. Politics can also sharpen social divisions between ethnic communities (Enloe 1980: 7). In this sense, Horowitz (1985) argues that there is an intimate   33 relationship between the ethnic nature of a society and the ethnic structure of the political system. : 291). ” Thus, Horowitz notes, ethnic parties derive their power from two sources: internal group cohesion and external imperatives, where the name of the game is power and control (1985: 294).

Some scholars have suggested a perspective that combines elements from both approaches. In addition, the literature on ethnicity suggests that both models have some merit in specific countries and time periods (Nielsen 1985). Each perspective may be correct in the case of a particular country or for a particular era, “depending on which trends have major causal effects in the situation. : 147). In his article about American ethnicity, Rose highlights several forms of activation of ethnic boundaries among minority groups, some based on reactive and some on competitive elements.

In the words of Castels and Miller: At the one extreme, openness to settlement, granting of citizenship and gradual acceptance of cultural diversity may allow the formation of ethnic communities, which are seen as part of a multicultural society. At the other extreme, denial of reality of settlement, refusal of citizenship and rights to settlers, and rejection of cultural diversity, may lead to formation of ethnic minorities, whose presence is widely regarded as undesirable and divisive (Castels and Miller 1998: 29).

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