Children of Perestroika in Israel

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Children of Perestroika in Israel explores the absorption processes of adolescents from the former Soviet Union into Israeli society. The writers examine the phenomenon from a personal perspective, dealing with values, self confidence, achievement motivation, and the ability to cope with the situation; from a family perspective, discussing family structure and functioning. They present a societal perspective, viewing public opinion toward new immigrants, educational policies, and acceptance of the new immigrants by the Israeli youth. Finally, they assess the outcomes of integration through academic achievements, social functioning and acquisition of values. They found that the adjustment of the immigrants of the nineties has been quite different from the last wave of immigrants from the Soviet Union in the seventies. The previous immigrants assimilated quickly since immigration was perceived as a family move rooted in Zionist ideology and clear-cut, coherent values. The children of Perestroika have not functioned nearly as well in school, somewhat due to the policies and strategies of Israel in meeting the changed needs of these immigrants. Also, less accepting attitudes among the immigrants and the Israelis has made it more difficult for the needs of the children to be accommodated.

Author Biography: Tamar Horowitz is Chairperson of the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel and author of "The Soviet Man in an Open Society" (University Press of America, 1989).

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Editorial Reviews

Israeli social scientists and educators, many themselves originally from Russia, examine the experiences of young immigrants whose childhood was during the final days and aftermath of the Soviet Union, focusing on how they have adjusted to Israeli society in general and to the education system in particular. They find a triple identity crisis: from the breakdown of basic values and norms during Perestroika, from their confrontation with the totally new and alien Israeli culture, and from adolescence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Comparative Education Review
. . . the book should be of interest to those involved in the education of immigrant children in general and to those particularly interested in the educational outcomes of immigration to Israel during the 1990s.
Religious Studies Review
Based on extensive particular and theoretical research, this very detailed, analytical, and focused collection examines important issues regarding Israeli society in particular and immigrant societies in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813149
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 2/18/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Horowitz is the former Chairperson of the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel and author of The Soviet Man in an Open Society (University Press of America, 1989).

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Table of Contents

Integration or Separatism? 1
Assimilation, Monolingualism, Unidirectionality, and Stereotyping 22
Immigrating as an Adolescent 72
Parents' Attitudes to the Immigration Process and their Impact on Parental Stress and Tension 119
Social and Psychological Adjustment of Soviet- and Israeli-Born Adolescents: The Effect of the Family 135
How Immigrant Youth View their High School Experience 151
Patterns of Coping with the Task at Schools 178
Psychological and Learning Problems 190
"Segmented Absorption": Israeli Students' View of Soviet Immigrant Students 205
Contributors 219
Index 223
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