8 Talking about Civic Engagement:
“The Dirty Game of Politics”
In this chapter, I will show how the interviewees talk about becoming
engaged with the Yisra’el Beitenu party.
Enjoying full political rights, I assumed it was unlikely that the
interviewees had faced legal barriers—in various empirical studies this is
referred to as political opportunity structures (e.g. Fanning/ O’Boyle 2010;
Fanning et al. 2010; Bloemraad 2006)—to become engaged; and the
interviewees do not mention any legal restrictions either.
However, previous empirical
those women uttered with respect to the peace process
between Israelis and Palestinians, or the cultural superiority they displayed
towards Palestinian-Israeli citizens. Continuing to study migration, or rather
immigrant adaptation, against this background, I became interested in the
political dimension of this process as well as in the 2nd generation, i.e. those
who have already grown up in their parents’ country of destination.
However, when I wanted to return to the immigrant group I had already
encountered, I was told there was no need to study their