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JEWISH IDENTITY IN THE DIASPORA: A STUDY OF DIASPORIC JEWS IN THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES (IDF)

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This study evaluates a group of non-native Israel Defense Forces volunteers who come from the Diaspora. These young men and women vary in age from 18 to 30 and serve in fully integrated units within the Army hierarchy comprised of Israeli conscripts. Unlike many of their diasporic counterparts who work regular jobs, go to college, etc., these young men and women leave comfortable homes in order to serve between 18 months and 3+ years in the military for little pay. Understanding the underlying motivational factors of these lone soldiers, testing their levels of bicultural integration during and after military service, and identification of variables that limit their integration and bicultural identity post-release are the cornerstones of this research. Diasporic Jewish identity and Israeli-American relationships are evaluated to compare and contrast these volunteers from their counterparts.
subject
bicultural identity
Diasporic studies
globalization
Israel
Judaism
Military
contributor
Teitleman, Alan Michael (author)
Rogan, Randall G (committee chair)
Mitra, Ananda (committee member)
Strickland, Ruth Ann (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:29Z (accessioned)
2015-11-12T09:30:08Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
embargo
2015-11-12 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57088 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
JEWISH IDENTITY IN THE DIASPORA: A STUDY OF DIASPORIC JEWS IN THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES (IDF)
type
Thesis

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