Retrospective and afterological considerations of the contemporary Russian-speaking Jewish diaspora: Whence and whither?

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Abstract

This article reviews the transformations undergone by Russian- speaking Jews over the past half century, and how these have been portrayed in key scholarly texts. It analyzes the representation of Soviet Jews first as a people of silence, then as new immigrants in Israel and North America, and, most recently, as a globalized community or worldwide diaspora. But rather than accepting these identity transformations as a fait accompli, the article problematizes their present meanings and ponders future trends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-357
Number of pages22
JournalDiaspora
Volume18
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Afterology
  • Aliya (migration to Israel)
  • Cold War migration policy
  • Diaspora theory
  • Jewish diaspora
  • Russian Jews
  • Soviet Jews

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