Coming Home

Coming Home : Media and Returning Diaspora in Israel and Germany

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Coming Home provides an extraordinary glimpse into the social and cultural integration of a unique category of immigrants--the returning Diaspora. During the 1990s Russian-speaking Jews and Germans returned to their respective historic homelands. Nelly Elias explores the social and cultural adaptation of these two groups by focusing on the roles played by their native language--Russian--and the language used by the media of each country. Based on one hundred in-depth interviews conducted with immigrants now living in both Israel and Germany, Coming Home considers media use to be an inseparable part of an immigrant's adaptation strategy, simultaneously reflecting construction of a new social and cultural identity while also preserving their original cultural identities.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 187 pages
  • 152.4 x 238.76 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 079147495X
  • 9780791474952

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..".This is a timely book that focuses on the dynamic yet very little researched relationship between the mass media and migrants while offering a comparative lens through which to view two immigrant communities ... Elias' expert comparative study reveals that the structural, ideological and cultural circumstances in the two countries and the two groups underscore the similar roles played by the media in conditioning both the migrants' consumption and their integration into the host societies." -- Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies ..".an important source of information and research analysis." -- Qualitative Sociology Review "This book provides a fascinating comparison of two ethnic groups, their return to their respective homelands, and their experience of adjustment to these new countries. It shows how media consumption is involved in both retaining Russian culture and getting involved with the culture, language, and outlook of the host society." -- Steven J. Gold, author of The Israeli Diaspora
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About Nelly Elias

Nelly Elias is Lecturer in Mass Communications at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
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