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ERIC Number: EJ967713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Contested Diaspora: A Century of Zionist and Anti-Zionist Rhetorics in America
Brown, Maia S.; Silberstein, Sandra
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v11 n2 p85-95 2012
This article explores the writings of four prominent Jewish American thinkers, propounding conflicting Zionist and anti-Zionist perspectives, from two different eras. Rhetorics invoked by both generations complicate the notion of a "homeland" and a teleology of return. Throughout, we take a critical approach to discourse analysis, seeing language use as a form of social practice. In the end, we argue that over much of the past century, the continuing contestation between Zionist and anti-Zionist thought, framed as it is in the Middle East, nonetheless has discursively constructed an American identity as a response to Diaspora. The article echoes themes found throughout this special issue, including the role of a "homeland" in the linguistic construction of complex, nonstatic diasporic identities as well as language shift, and the symbolic/performative role of language in identity construction. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; United States