Ethnic trajectories in Israel: comparing the "Bené Israel" and "Beta Israel" communities, 1950-2000

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Ethnic trajectories in Israel: comparing the "Bené Israel" and "Beta Israel" communities, 1950-2000

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Ethnic trajectories in Israel: comparing the "Bené Israel" and "Beta Israel" communities, 1950-2000
Author: Abbink, G.J.
Journal Title: Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde
Volume: 97
Start Page: 3
End Page: 19
Pages: 17
Publisher: Anthropos Institut
Issue Date: 2002
Keywords: Country
history
identity
Israel
Ethiopia
Falasha
Abstract: In this article a comparative study is presented of the Indian and the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, immigrant communities that went through similar experiences of integration and accommodation in Israel, despite the time lag in their arrival. Elements of their history and sociocultural background in the countries of origin are discussed in order to explain the emergence and status of ethnic identity in a complex new society with a shared background ideology of integration (Zionism). An assessment is made of the (perceived) initial religious and social marginality of the two groups as it may have interacted with their social "careers" and group status. The socioeconomic structure of Israeli society has contributed to "reproducing ethnicity". The analysis suggests that the "Indian" and "Ethiopian" Jewish subidentities are now well-established in Israel, illustrating that the cultural content of "Jewishness" or Jewish identity is quite diverse
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9468
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9468
 

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