Understanding Young Adult Attachment to Israel: Period, Lifecycle and Generational Dynamics

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Theodore
dc.contributor.author Philips, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author Wright, Graham
dc.contributor.author Kadushin, Charles
dc.contributor.author Saxe, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-21T16:47:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-21T16:47:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01-19
dc.identifier.citation Contemporary Jewry (2012) 32: 67-84 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1876-5165
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/34095
dc.description.abstract Social scientists who study contemporary Jewry are engaged in an intense debate over trends in American Jewish attachment to Israel. The dominant view has been that age-related differences reported in surveys indicate intergenerational decline, with successive birth cohorts less emotionally attached to Israel than their predecessors. An alternative view has been that age-related differences reflect stages of the lifecycle, with members of each birth cohort becoming more emotionally attached to Israel as they grow older. Drawing on evidence from four sets of surveys administered to comparable samples at ten-year intervals, the present paper weighs the evidence for the “generational” versus “lifecycle” hypotheses about the nature of changes in attachment. The findings indicate that, across the four sets of surveys, emotional attachment increased between Time 1 (the first survey, administered in the 1990s) and Time 2 (the second survey, administered in the 2000s). The increases were for respondents as a whole as well as most age cohorts. In each of the four surveys sets, the largest increases occurred as respondents transitioned from their 30s to their 40s, i.e., from young adulthood to mature adulthood. Although increasing attachment to Israel throughout the period as a whole complicates the analysis, we conclude that the preponderance of evidence supports the view that emotional attachment to Israel increased over the lifecourse rather than declined across the generations. That said, future trends may be influenced by new dynamics including increased intermarriage, more widespread Israel travel, and a highly fluid political situation. Contemporary Jewry (2012) 32:67-84. Link to view only version: http://rdcu.be/uzor. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.rights (c) 2012 Springer en_US
dc.subject Israel en_US
dc.subject Public opinion en_US
dc.subject Diaspora en_US
dc.title Understanding Young Adult Attachment to Israel: Period, Lifecycle and Generational Dynamics en
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s12397-011-9077-4 en_US

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