This chapter analyzes how the need to preserve ethnic identity and affiliation with one's homeland is expressed and fulfilled through Internet use by two distinctive groups of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel: Immigrant youngsters aged 12-18, and immigrant senior citizens aged 65 and above. The aim of such simultaneous examination is not to identify the obvious intergenerational differences in Internet use but rather to increase our understanding of the Internet roles for different groups of immigrant users, irrespective of age. The findings are based on two recent studies: A study conducted in 2006 with 70 immigrant adolescents and a study conducted in 2009 with 32 seniors. Both studies reveal important similarities that shed light on the Internet's role in maintaining connection with one's country and culture of origin and preserving homeland identity among different generations of immigrants.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Research on Technoself|
|Subtitle of host publication||Identity in a Technological Society|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)