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Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in IsraelOr, How the Polish Peddler Became a German Intellectual$
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Aziza Khazzoom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756976

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756976.001.0001

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Into the Next Generation

Into the Next Generation

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(p.183) Chapter Nine Into the Next Generation
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Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in Israel
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756976.003.0009

This chapter considers several explanations for the shift in patterns of ethnic preference. First, the binary classification scheme became less flexible over time. Second, there was a change in gatekeepers from the first to the second generation. While the gatekeepers of the 1950s were largely veterans, teachers were more likely to be new immigrant Ashkenazim who, for a variety of reasons, had stronger interests in discriminating against all Mizrahim and fewer interests in attending to subtle distinctions in westernness among different Mizrahim. This chapter presents a story of routinization, in which a flexible system of ethnic preference established by the first generation of gatekeepers, in response to a set of concerns about identity, became increasingly inflexible, as new immigrants organized their material activity around the patterns established by the first generation.

Keywords:   ethnic preference, immigrant Ashkenazim, binary classification, Mizrahim, routinization

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