Soviet Jewish immigrants : A study in ethnic identity

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1978

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A definition of ethnic identity as proposed by Barth and modified by Levy is presented. A group of twenty-three Soviet Jews, recently resettled in Houston, Texas, was investigated to determine whether they fulfill the requirements of ethnic identity as defined in this study. A description of Soviet Jews and an historical overview from before the 1917 Revolution through contemporary times show the cultural changes that have occurred in Soviet Jewish life. Informal interviews with the immigrants provide the data for the evaluation of their ethnic identity. The data show that the Soviet Jews in this study have an ethnic identity as defined, based on the features of ascription and adoption of cultural symbols that are socially effective.

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Immigrants

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