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Klal Yisrael At The Frontiers: The Transnational Jewish Experience In Argentina

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In contrast to the post-modern and post-colonial theories that highlight only the margins instead of the center, this chapter argues that the Jewish experience on the Argentine frontier may shed light on the transnational dimension of an ethno-national community in the periphery that developed diaspora links with Klal Yisrael. Although Zionism, aliyah, and deep links with the State of Israel permeated the communal life of Jews in Argentina during the last decades, the chapter further argues that the old center-periphery model of this Jewry has been worn out ever since pluralism and ethnicity politics received legitimacy in the country. The current liberal democratic era, after the dictatorship years with human rights violations and its legacy of authoritarianism, brought about a pluralist model of coexistence between associations in a civil society that made possible the enactment of the paradigm of ethnicity politics.

Keywords: Argentina; Argentine frontier; Israel; Jewish community; Klal Yisrael; Zionist politics



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