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Challenging Ethnic Citizenship

German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration

Edited by Daniel Levy and Yfaat Weiss

290 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-291-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2002)

ISBN  978-1-57181-292-6 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (May 2002)

eISBN 978-1-78238-163-1 eBook

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"Well documented, but slim and readable, even for general adult readers."  · Choice

“…sophisticated and highly informative…The authors and topics are diverse and represent a spectrum of useful progressive thought.”   · International Migration Review


In contrast to most other countries, both Germany and Israel have descent-based concepts of nationhood and have granted members of their nation (ethnic Germans and Jews) who wish to immigrate automatic access to their respective citizenship privileges. Therefore these two countries lend themselves well to comparative analysis of the integration process of immigrant groups, who are formally part of the collective "self" but increasingly transformed into "others." The book examines the integration of these 'privileged' immigrants in relation to the experiences of other minority groups (e.g. labor migrants, Palestinians).

This volume offers rich empirical and theoretical material involving historical developments, demographic changes, sociological problems, anthropological insights, and political implications. Focusing on the three dimensions of citizenship: sovereignty and control, the allocation of social and political rights, and questions of national self-understanding, the essays bring to light the elements that are distinctive for either society but also point to similarities that owe as much to nation-specific characteristics as to evolving patterns of global migration.

Daniel Levy is Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He was previously Research Fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies. His publications reflect his research interests in the comparative sociology of immigration in Europe and collective memory studies.

Yfaat Weiss studied at the Universities of Tel-Aviv and Hamburg and is presently a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Jewish History at Haifa University and Director of the Bucerius Center for Research of Contemporary German History and Society. She has written on Eastern European Jewry in Germany and on Zionism and the State of Israel.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Germany Middle East & Israel



Introduction: Changing Configurations of German and Israeli Immigration Regimes: A Comparative Perspective
Daniel Levy


Chapter 1. Ethnos or Demos? Migration and Citizenship in Germany
Rainer Münz

Chapter 2. From Haven to Heaven: Changing Patterns of Immigration to Israel
Yinon Cohen


Chapter 3. An Institution of Potential Exclusion: German Citizenship and Naturalization Practices (1815-1949) and the Politics of the 1913 Citizenship Law
Dieter Gosewinkel

Chapter 4. Citizenship and Migration: The Debate Surrounding Dual Citizenship in German
Ralf Fücks

Chapter 5. The Golem and Its Creator or How the Jewish Nation State Became Multi-ethnic
Yfaat Weiss


Chapter 6. German Citizenship Policy and Sinti Identity Politics
Gilad Margalit

Chapter 7. Beyond "Second-Generation": Rethinking the Place of Migrant Youth Culture in Berlin
Levent Soysal

Chapter 8. Migration Regimes and Social Rights: Migrant Workers in the Israeli Welfare State
Zeev Rosenhek

Chapter 9. Ethnicity and Citizenship in the Perception of Russian Israelis
Dimitry Shumsky


Chapter 10. Nationalism, Identity and Citizenship: An Epilogue to the Yehoshua-Shammas Debate
Baruch Kimmerling

Chapter 11. The Future of Arab Citizenship in Israel: Jewish-Zionist Time in a Place with No Palestinian Memory
Hassan Jabareen

Chapter 12. The Transformation of Germany's Ethno-cultural Idiom: the Case of Ethnic German Immigrants
Daniel Levy


Chapter 13. The Jewish Challenges in the New Europe
Diana Pinto

Chapter 14. From Citizen Warrior to Citizen Shopper and Back: New Modes of Cosmopolitan Citizenship
Natan Sznaider

Afterword: Outlook(s): Citizenship in the Global Era
Daniel Levy and Yfaat Weiss

Notes on Contributors

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