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Variations of identities among the leaders of a minority group of immigrants

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This paper discusses the complex identity of Kessoch immigrants in Israel. One group of Kessoch is regarded as ‘young’ and the other as ‘old’. These are two ‘invisible’ groups, which cope in their own way with their social and cultural marginality. They are delegitimized within both Israeli society and the religious establishment. Among the older Kessoch, the authors differentiated between those who have found new meaning for their life in Israel, while attempting to preserve significant ‘scraps of identity’, and those who are disconnected from their present-day life materials and find little meaning in them. In contrast, the younger Kessoch, 1.5-generation immigrants, express varied behaviour patterns of daily resistance to the host society. Their personalities and leadership patterns also indicate selective adoption of significant bits of reality that suit them. Their intelligent use of ‘scraps of identity’ serves their social integration processes.
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Keywords: 1.5 generation; Ethiopian immigrants; resistance; syncretism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Behavioural Sciences, Netanya Academic College, Netanya, Israel 2: Sociology and Anthropology Department, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel

Publication date: May 4, 2018

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