Does Taglit-Birthright Israel Foster Long-Distance Nationalism?

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Theodore
dc.contributor.author Shain, Michelle
dc.contributor.author Hecht, Shahar
dc.contributor.author Wright, Graham
dc.contributor.author Saxe, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-16T17:47:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-16T17:47:04Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11
dc.identifier.citation Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (2014) 20(4): 438-454, DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2014.969149
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/35314
dc.description.abstract Taglit-Birthright Israel has brought hundreds of thousands of diaspora Jewish young adults on tours of Israel. Drawing on data from a large-scale program evaluation, we ask how the program affects participants’ feelings of homeland attachment and political views on contentious homeland issues. North Americans who traveled to Israel with Taglit between 2010 and 2012 were surveyed together with a comparison group of applicants to the program who did not participate. In multivariate analysis, Taglit sharply increases feelings of connection to Israel but has no effect on attitudes concerning the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The program modestly increases scores on a “favorability” scale and modestly increases opposition to a possible division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal. In contrast to Benedict Anderson's theory of long-distance nationalism, the findings suggest that feelings of homeland connection can be fostered without triggering ethnonationalist attitudes associated with the political right. Article published in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (2014) 20(4): 438-454. Posted with permission of Purdue University Press.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Purdue University Press
dc.subject Connection to Israel
dc.subject Nationalism
dc.subject Israel
dc.subject Diaspora
dc.subject Birthright Israel
dc.title Does Taglit-Birthright Israel Foster Long-Distance Nationalism?
dc.type Article


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