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Food for thought : transnational contested identities and food practices of Russian-speaking Jewish migrants in Israel and Germany

Food for thought : transnational contested identities and food practices of Russian-speaking Jewish migrants in Israel and Germany

Author: Julia Bernstein
Publisher: Frankfurt ; New York : Campus, ©2010.
Dissertation: doctoral Universität, Frankfurt 2009
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats

In years many Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have settled in Germany and Israel. This title conducts an interdisciplinary investigation into the ways in which such  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Academic Dissertation
Academic theses
Thèses et écrits académiques
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Bernstein
ISBN: 9783593392523 3593392526
OCLC Number: 1049532252
Description: 451 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Migration collages: Studying Russian-speaking Jews in Israel and Germany --
1.1. Migration and socio-cultural affiliations --
1.2. The research approach --
1.3. Research questions --
1.4. Research methods --
1.5.Comparative view of the two populations --
1.6. General characteristics of the investigated groups --
1.7. Transporting Jewish identity from the SU --
1.8. Overview of the book --
2. Transnationalism and capitalism: Migrants from the former Soviet Union and their experiences in Germany and Israel --
2.1. The Soviet kind of capitalism: Soviet spirituality vs. Western materialism --
2.2. Post-Soviet capitalism on food commodities --
2.3."Arrival on a new planet" --
2.4. Reviving Soviet knowledge about the social reality of life in the capitalist system --
2.5."The Russia we had always dreamed of --
some conclusions --
3."Chocolates without history are meaningless": Pre- and post-migration consumption --
3.1. Soviet "hunting and gathering." Note continued: 3.2. The classic Soviet recipe rook: On the Tasty and Healthy Food Book --
3.3. Social skills of post-migration consumption --
3.4. Alternative ways of procurement and free consumption --
3.5. Contested procurement --
4. Russian food stores in Israel and Germany: Images of imaginary home, homeland, and identity consolidation --
4.1. Visibility of Russian food stores in Israel and Germany --
4.2. Image of the hostess in the Russian food stores --
4.3. Longing for the REAL home via food --
4.4.Commercial promotion of nostalgia --
4.5. Images of the Soviet paradise --
4.6. Image of Soviet proletarian food or the imaginary proletarian home --
4.7. Images of the Soviet empire and the Soviet political iconography of food post-emigration --
4.8. Nationalized Russia in food products and gastronomic Slavophilism of ex-citizens abroad --
4.9. Meanings of Russian food stores in Israel and Germany. Note continued: 5. Russian food stores in Israel and Germany: Different national symbolic participations and virtual transnational enclave --
5.1. Special national key symbols crossing borders and manifestations of identity: The symbolic meaning of pork and cariar in different national contexts --
5.2. Pork --
5.3. Caviar --
5.4. Mixed national identities in Russian food stores in Israel and Germany --
5.5. Reconsidering the immigrant enterprise: From traditional, closed ethnic business toward a virtual transnational enclave --
6. Transjewish affiliation: The construction of ethnicity by Russian-speaking Jews in Israel and Germany --
6.1. The "ethnicity" and ethnization processes of Russian-speaking Jews --
6.2.Component One: Innate ethnicity and visible Otherness and its fate abroad --
6.3.Component Two: Significant Others in the SU and abroad --
6.4.Component Three: Suspect loyalty: Soviet Jewish Otherness through affiliation with Israel. Note continued: 6.5.Component Four: Affiliation with Soviet Russian cultural elite --
6.6. Conclusion --
6.7. Triple Trans-Jewish affiliation --
7. Winners once a year? Making sense of WWII and the Holocaust as part of a transnational biographic experience --
7.1. Celebration of Den' Pobedy Victory Day --
7.2. Conflicting meanings of May 8th and 9th --
7.3. Soviet victors' narrative and the theme of the Holocaust in the SU --
7.4. Transnational praxis of the everyday knowledge after migration to Germany --
7.5. Proud of the Soviet victory, offended by the Soviet state or marginalized winners --
7.6. Challenging the victory narrative and burdensome identities --
7.7. The Outsider perspective --
7.8. Principally Others: Media discourse about the topic --
7.9. Shifting of the collective "we:" Media presentation of Germans and settled Jews as the symbolical "we" compared to "Russians." Note continued: 7.10."Without us Israel would not have come into existence. We won the war and put an end to the Holocaust " --
7.11.Comparative conclusions of different modifications of the original narratives in Israel and Germany --
8."Will you prepare gefillte fish for Christmas?" Paradoxes of living in simultaneously contested social worlds --
8.1. Reconsidering identities, reproducing stereotypes, coping with hierarchies --
8.2. Alienation, home, and homeland: "Why not Israel?" Self-positioning of Russian-speaking Jews in Germany and Israel --
8.3. Conclusion --
8.4. Contributions of this research --
8.5. Further development.
Responsibility: Julia Bernstein.


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