Date of Submission

Spring 2022

Academic Program

Sociology; Human Rights

Project Advisor 1

Yuval Elmelech

Project Advisor 2

Thomas Keenan

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This is a study about identity formation patters on twelve second generation Israeli-Americans. The study will be divided into three sections: economic assimilation religious assimilation, and political assimilation. I will argue that living in the United States has a significant influence on the way participants viewed their Israeli identities. Although identity will be the focal point of this study, this is not to claim that identity is a fixed category, but rather is fluid and affected by various external and internal factors. In this study, identity is defined as the way people view themselves. For all participants, growing up in the U.S. created some form of internal conflict, particularly because they felt Americans viewed them in ways they did not align with. This mislabeling, no matter how much Israelis did or did not agree with Americans, had an influence on Israeli identity, one that challenged Israelis to revisit the self.

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