Re-Inventing homeland identities: The Internet in the lives of immigrant adolescents from the Former Soviet Union in Israel

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Abstract

This study highlights the unique roles the Internet plays at the intersection of adolescence and immigration as a facilitator of young immigrants' search for collective and individual identities. Based on in-depth interviews with 70 teenaged immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) to Israel, the study showed that the Internet provides valuable resources for personal growth and empowerment during a critical period of material and social disadvantage as young immigrants are engaged in settling down and adjusting to a new society. We conclude that in a world of global migration, the notion of identity has come to be understood as complex, non-uniform, fluid and multidimensional. As identity is constantly evolving and in the process of construction, never becoming permanent or fully resolved, the Internet becomes a central arena for identity confirmation, transformation and reinvention by youth worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Media and Innovative Technologies
EditorsTal Samuel-Azran, Dan Caspi
Pages188-210
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 18 Dec 2008

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