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Rhetorical Ethnicity of Permanent Sojourners: The Case of Israeli Immigrants in the Chicago Area

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Publication Date: January 1998

Publisher(s): Transaction Publishers

Author(s): Natan Uriely

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: American Jews; Identity formation; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: Illinois


The paper analyzes the relationships between types of orientation towards the place of residence and ethnic expressions of Israeli immigrants in Chicago. In terms of types of orientation towards the place of residence, the author separates between settlers and sojourners. It is argued that permanent sojourners express a unique form of 'rhetorical ethnicity'. The research is based on a field study of two discrete groups of Israeli immigrants in the Chicago area.