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Israelis in Conflict
Hegemonies, Identities and Challenges

Edited by Adriana Kemp, David Newman, Uri Ram and Oren Yiftachel

Adriana Kemp is lecturer and research fellow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University.

David Newman, Uri Ram, and Oren Yiftachel are professors and research fellows of, respectively, the Department of Politics and Governance, the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Geography, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva.


Globalization and increased cultural heterogeneity have had a major impact on states whose identity has been defined in terms of a single, often socially constructed, allegiance to the state and a single hegemonic ideology. Nowhere are changing notions of identity more prevalent than in Israel, a country whose dominant (Western-Jewish) society has been subject to understanding their past and present in terms of a single ideology of state formation – Zionism. This book on Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Israel challenges some of the traditional analytical paradigms prevalent in Israeli social science for the past fifty years. Although the State continues to define itself in terms of a homogeneous political and cultural entity, as the voices and narratives of marginalized (especially Palestinian, Eastern-Jewish and women) groups come to the fore, agencies of state socialization are no longer able to impose an unchallenged state identity or hegemony. The deconstruction of a state-sponsored social identity, whose aim is social cohesion, is here investigated by critical scholars who develop an alternative understanding of this highly dynamic society.


1 Introduction: Hegemonic Identities
David Newman and Uri Ram

Part I Hegemonies
2 From National to Post-National Territorial Identities in Israel-Palestine
David Newman
3 Social Citizenship in the Neo-Liberal Period: The Case of Israel’s Health Services
Dani Filc
4 De-Arabization of the Bedouin: A Study of an Inevitable Failure
Yossi Yonah, Ismael Abu-Saad and Avi Kaplan
5 Writing against the State: Transnationalism and the Epistemology of Minority Studies, with Special Reference to Israel
Dan Rabinowitz

Part II Identities
6 Representing National Identity in Conditions of Conflict
Ahmad Sa’di
7 Palestinian Dynamics of Self-Representation: Identity and Difference in Palestinian Nationalism
Amal Jamal
8 Being an Oleh in a Global World: From Local Ethnic Community to Transnational Community
Lisa Anteby-Yemini
9 Negotiating Difference in Israeli Scholarship: Towards A New Feminist Discourse
Pnina Motzafi-Haller
10 Rock Aesthetics, Israeliness and Globalization
Motti Regev

Part III Challenges
11 Between Periphery and ‘Third Space’: Identity of Mizrahim in Israel’s Development Towns
Oren Yiftachel and Erez Tzfadia
12 Absent Voices: Citizenship and Identity Narratives of Palestinian Women in Israel
Hanna Herzog
13 New Associations or New Politics? The Significance of Israeli-Style Post-Materialism
Uri Ben Eliezer
14 Claim Making and the Emergence of New Minorities: Black African Migrant Workers in Israel
Adriana Kemp, Rebeca Raijman, Julia Resnik and Silvia Shamah
15 The State of the Nation: Contemporary Challenges to Zionism in Israel
Uri Ram

The Contributors

“The book provides insight into the make-up and functioning of present-day Israeli society, and hopefully will provoke others to investigate similarly.” Israeli Sociology


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304 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
June 2004
  Illustrated:   No
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£55.00 / $69.95
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£25.00 / $34.95

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