While the concept of legal culture has been receiving a growing attention from scholars, this research often overemphasizes the similarity of the opinions held by different segments of population. Furthermore, the relationship of migration and the change of legal-cultural attitudes has not received particular attention. Drawing on 70 in-depth interviews with the immigrants of the early 1990s from the former Soviet Union to Israel and the secular Israeli Jews, this chapter provides a comprehensive account of the various aspects of legal culture of these groups. The second important finding is the persistence of the legal-cultural attitudes and perceptions over time.
The author is indebted to Lawrence M. Friedman for providing crucial guidance, feedback, and comments. The author thanks the editor and two anonymous referees for their valuable suggestions.
This paper is based on a research conducted as part of a doctoral dissertation at Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA.
Shamir, J. (2015), "While in Rome, Do as Romans Do? Persistence of Legal Culture: The Case of Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel", Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 66), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 115-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720150000066005
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