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Jewish Identity among Israeli-Jews in Sweden: A qualitative study on Jewish identity among Israelis in Stockholm
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Very few studies have been conducted on the identities of Israeli-Jews in Europe, and no study has ever focused on the Jewish identity among Israeli-Jews who live in Sweden and are not members of the local Jewish communities. Do the emigration to Sweden and the choice not to become a member of the local Jewish community mean that these individuals ceased to be “Jewish”? Do they assimilate into the non-Jewish Swedish society and completely disconnect themselves from their society of origin? This study explores the Jewish identity among Israeli-Jews that reside in Greater Stockholm, and sheds light on the Jewish identity of this group. Through face-to-face semi-structured interviews with eight individuals data has been collected and analyzed with the help of several sociological theories: Assimilation, Acculturation and Transnationalism. The findings show that Jewish identity has different forms and that the Jewish identity of Israeli-Jews in Sweden is very individual and complex. Judaism was found to be more of an ethnicity than a religion for the participants. Acculturation is the strategy that most of the participants adopt in order to adjust to the Swedish majority society. The participants maintain transnational social and political networks in both Sweden and Israel. Activities organized by the local Jewish community andthe Jewish organizations Chabad and Bnei Akiva contribute to the preservation of the Jewish identity of some of the participants. An additional contributor to the preservation of the Jewish identity of the some of the participants is their non-Jewish partner. However, incomplete separation between state and religion, the coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Swedish media and the threat posed by other minority groups in the Swedish society have a negative effect on the preservation of the Jewish identity among most of theparticipants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Jewish identity, Judaism, Israelis in Sweden, Migration, Assimilation, Acculturation, Transnationalism, Ethnicity, Religion, anti-Semitism.
Keyword [sv]
Judisk identitet, Judendom, Israeler i Sverige, Migration, Assimilation, Ackulturation, Transnationalism, Etnicitet, Religion, Antisemitism.
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-215750OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-215750DiVA: diva2:688378
Subject / course
Sociology of Religion
Available from: 2014-01-16 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2014-01-16Bibliographically approved

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