Israeli Infotech Migrants in Silicon Valley

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 2018;4(1):130-148 DOI 10.7758/RSF.2018.4.1.08


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Journal Title: RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

ISSN: 2377-8253 (Print); 2377-8261 (Online)

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

Society/Institution: Russell Sage Foundation

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Steven J. Gold (Michigan State University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 53 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Prior to the 1980s, Israel’s national ideology discouraged emigration and entrepreneurship among its citizens. Yet, by the late 1990s, Israeli emigrants were one of the leading immigrant nationalities in Silicon Valley. Drawing on interviews, fieldwork, a literature review, and perusal of social media, I explore the origins of Israeli involvement in high-tech activities and the extensive linkages between Israeli emigrants and the Israeli high-tech industry. I also summarize the patterns of communal cooperation that permit emigrant families to maintain an Israel-oriented way of life in suburban communities south of San Francisco, and I compare these patterns with those of Indians, a nationality engaged in the same pursuit. I conclude by considering the impact of infotech involvement on Israeli immigrants and on the U.S. economy.