Critical Citizenship and Civic Participation in 3 Generations of Russian Israelis

Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry
Event Format
In person
CGIS S354 1730 Cambridge St

Civic behavior of immigrants reflects both their pre-migration political socialization and the exposure to new political realities in the host country. Jewish immigrants to Israel receive citizenship soon upon arrival and are endowed with all political and economic rights in their adopted country. 

Prof. Remennick's talk highlights the long-term dynamics of civic attitudes and participation in three consecutive generations of ex-Soviet Israelis: from adult migrants (Gen 1.0) to their USSR/FSU-born children socialized mostly in Israel (Gen 1.5) to the Israeli-born Gen 2.0. 

Drawing on the combined analysis of national surveys and qualitative studies conducted over the last 20+ years, the talk examines shifts in attitudes and practices of citizenship reflected in voting patterns, volunteering, feelings of belonging, and ethnic mobilization for common community causes. Prof. Remennick will discuss the shifting civic agendas of Russian-speaking Israelis: from mainly economically driven during the 1990s to mainly symbolic and ethno-national since the early 2000s.

Refreshments will be provided.


Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. 


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