Immigration and the interplay among citizenship, identity and career: The case of Ethiopian immigration to Israel

Hanoch Flum, Rachel Gali Cinamon

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Abstract

Migration is a common phenomenon of the globalization era. In this article we explore the interplay of three foundational concepts in the migration experiences of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel: citizenship, identity and career. Through our analysis we examine the multiple layers of being an immigrant citizen. Following immigration, as reflected in empirical studies with members of this community, we have observed tensions between inclusion and exclusion, equality and difference, work and family as well as gender role transformation, family restructuring, and generational differences. These issues are discussed in the context of the development of active citizenship and career. Career development is found to be a core process in the enactment of citizenship, the promotion of a sense of belonging and deeply related to identity formation. Identity as an overarching perspective, with its personal and collective meanings, plays an important role at the intersection between citizenship and career.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume78
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Career development
  • Citizenship
  • Family-work interface
  • Gender role
  • Identity formation
  • Immigration

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