Community without Organizations

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OVER 300,000 SOVIET JEWS immigrated to the West during the 1970s. Unlike virtually all other immigrant groups, Soviet Jewish emigres have not established viable voluntary organizations. This absence of formal organizations should not be understood as the result of an inability to organize. Rather, it must be interpreted in sociosymbolic terms, as a response to former Soviet citizens' strong valuation of informal self‐help, rooted in their desire to deinstitutionalize their daily lives, [community, Soviet emigres, immigrant organizations, urban anthropology]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-155
Number of pages15
JournalCity and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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