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Wannabe Israeli: immigrants wrestling with their identity

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  • Laura Dryjanska

    () (Biola University)

  • Cheryl Zlotnick

    () (University of Haifa)

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While some people have no particular problems stating in a word or two how they self-identify, others may struggle with this task, as it stirs up emotions, doubts, and deeper reflections. This paper proposes methodology for analysing short free-text comments in relation to immigrants’ self-identification. It builds on a quantitative study concerning migration to Israel by English-speakers, concentrating on a qualitative analysis of their self-identification in the light of 249 free-text comments. The constructs of anchoring and objectification from the interdisciplinary theory of social representations guide the interpretation of results obtained in a two-step process: classical qualitative content analysis followed by the Multiple Correspondence Analysis. The findings demonstrate that at least for some immigrants in Israel, self-identification appears to be a complex process, in which single and hyphenated identifications concentrate more on the negative aspects or challenges of acculturation, while self-identifications based on religion and social role focus more on the positive view of giving advice to others.

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  • Laura Dryjanska & Cheryl Zlotnick, 2019. "Wannabe Israeli: immigrants wrestling with their identity," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 53(5), pages 2557-2574, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:53:y:2019:i:5:d:10.1007_s11135-019-00871-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-019-00871-z
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