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Rituals, Immigrants, Cultural Practices, Ethiopian Jews, Israel

Major Advisor

Andrew Deener

Associate Advisor

Gaye Tuchman

Associate Advisor

Ruth Braunstein

Associate Advisor

Claudio Benzecry

Associate Advisor

Nissim Mizrachi

Field of Study



Doctor of Philosophy

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Open Access


This dissertation is about migration and the process of ritual integration into a new context. It speaks of the constraints, failures, and success of reassembling ritual practices in a post-migration context and of their consequences on group cohesion. I focus ethnographically on four types of pre-migration ritual practices. Each speaks to different domain of communal life—bodily greetings, ceremonial coffee, birth-related rituals, and death related rituals. This work engages with and draw on literatures from micro sociology, ethnicity and migration studies, and sheds light on how certain pre-migration rituals effectively continue in the post-migration context, tie people together and foster groupness, while others get contested, split people apart, and foster bifurcation and conflict.

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