The Unchosen Ones: Diaspora, Nation, and Migration in Israel and Germany

The Unchosen Ones: Diaspora, Nation, and Migration in Israel and Germany

by Jannis Panagiotidis

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Overview

Since the refugee crisis of 2015, the topic of migration has moved to the center of global political debates. Despite the frequently invoked notion that current developments are without historical precedent, migration has been a constant feature of contemporary history, particularly in Europe. Jannis Panagiotidis considers a particular type of migration, co-ethnic migration, where migrants seek admission to a country based on their purported ethnicity or nationality being the same as the country of destination. Panagiotidis looks at immigration to Germany and Israel, focusing on individual cases where migrants were not allowed to enter the country. These rejections confound notions of an "open door" or a "return to the homeland" and present contrasting ideas of descent, culture, blood, and race. Panagiotidis shows that migration is never a simple matter of moving from place to place. Questions of historical origins, immigrant selection and screening, and national belonging are deeply ambiguous and complicate migration even in nations that are purported to be ethnically homogenous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253043627
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2019
Series: German Jewish Cultures
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jannis Panagiotidis is Junior Professor of Migration and Integration of Russian Germans at the Osnabrück University Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies. He is editor (with Victor Dönninghaus and Hans-Christian Petersen) of "Jenseits der Volksgruppe": Neue Perspektiven auf die Russlanddeutschen zwischen Russland, Deutschland und Amerika.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Notes on Foreign Terms, Translation, and Transliteration


List of Abbreviations


Introduction: The Importance of the Unchosen Ones


Chapter 1: Originating Differences


Chapter 2: Free to Choose


Chapter 3: Problematic Others


Chapter 4: The Watershed Period


Chapter 5: The Soviet Exodus


Conclusion: The Rise and Demise of Co-Ethnic Immigration


Bibliography


Index

What People are Saying About This

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Jannis Panagiotidis' thought provoking book compares Germany and Israel with regard to legislation and implementations concerning co-ethnic immigration. Analogies and differences between the two states are carefully analyzed showing how Israel a fascinating chapter of entangled history that questions the currently prevalent reading of ethno-cultural nationalism.

Through the lens of legislation and implementations concerning co-ethnic migrants Jannis Panagiotidis thought provoking book highlights the differences between the surprisingly similar states in this regard - Germany and Israel - telling a fascinating chapter of entangled history and questioning by doing so the prevalent reading of ethno-cultural nationalism.

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Jan Plamper

An extraordinarily important contribution to scholarship that illuminates some of the key issues of twentieth-century citizenship, nationalism, and transnational history.

Sebastian Conrad

A fascinating, original, well-researched, and persuasively argued work that places the phenomenon of migration in the context of the end of WWII, the Cold War, and the post-1989 world, and links it to the history of forms of migration that since the early twentieth century sought to disentangle societies in order to create homogenous nation-states.

Yfaat Weiss - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Dubnow Institute

Jannis Panagiotidis' thought provoking book compares Germany and Israel with regard to legislation and implementations concerning co-ethnic immigration. Analogies and differences between the two states are carefully analyzed showing how Israel a fascinating chapter of entangled history that questions the currently prevalent reading of ethno-cultural nationalism.

Through the lens of legislation and implementations concerning co-ethnic migrants Jannis Panagiotidis thought provoking book highlights the differences between the surprisingly similar states in this regard - Germany and Israel - telling a fascinating chapter of entangled history and questioning by doing so the prevalent reading of ethno-cultural nationalism.

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