, Volume 68, Issue 2, pp 267-278

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From overt rejection to enthusiastic embracement: changing state discourses on Israeli emigration

  • Nir CohenAffiliated withDepartment of Geography & Regional Development, The University of Arizona in Tucson Email author 

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This paper deploys a critical discourse analysis methodology to examine the emergence of three (sometimes overlapping) discourses on emigration in Israel. It examines the linkages between the various discursive phases and processes of (trans-) national identity formation among emigrants. It argues that emigration discourses have often been strong predictors of subsequent changes in state policies—and other programmatic initiatives—aimed at Israeli citizens abroad. By juxtaposing the discursive construction of emigration (and its linkages to nation-forming political strategies in Israel) and the effects they have had on emigrant identities the paper contributes to the emerging literature on state-diaspora relations and transnational politics.


Emigration Israel Discourse Sending states Cultural diaspora