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Being Israeli

Being Israeli
The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship

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  • Date Published: March 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796729

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  • This penetrating and timely study by two well-known scholars offers a theoretically informed account of the political sociology of Israel. The argument is set in its historical context as the authors trace Israel's development from the beginning of Zionist settlement in Palestine in the early 1880s to the Oslo accords in 1993, and finally to the recent Palestinian uprising. Against this background, they speculate on the idea of citizenship and what it means to be the citizen of a fragmented and ideologically divided society.

    • Multi-dimensional and institutional approach to citizenship
    • What does it mean to be an Israeli, an Israeli Arab, a Palestinian in Israel today?
    • Authors, well-known and respected in their fields, have written an accessible and objective study for scholars, students, journalists, and political commentators
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Being Israeli is one of the most important studies on the Zionist-Israeli state building endeavor to have been published internationally for years." American Journal of Sociology

    "Broad, sweeping, and insightful... the author's analysis...effectively explores the issues underlying many of Israel's social problems. The attempt to construct an alternative model of Israeli society is particularly provocative and worthy of serious evaluation." Choice

    "While undoubtedly there will be many disagreements about specific suggestions and proposals that Shafir and Peled make in this book, the fact that they introduce new terms by which to rethink Israeli citizenship makes this book an essential reading for those who are concerned with the Israeli-Palestine question as well [as] those who are interested to see how thinking through citizenship may change inflections on seemingly intractable political problems." Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

    "This book is full of rich information and is well organized by an appropriate conceptual scheme." Perspectives on Politics

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    • Date Published: March 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796729
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Fragmented Citizenship in a Colonial Frontier Society:
    2. The virtues of Ashkenazi pioneering
    3. Mizrachim and women: between quality and quantity
    4. The frontier within: Palestinians as second-class citizens
    5. The wages of legitimation: Zionist and non-Zionist Orthodox Jews
    Part II. The Frontier Reopens:
    6. New day on the frontier
    7. The frontier erupts: the Intitfadas
    Part III. The Emergence of Civil Society:
    8. Agents of political change
    9. Economic liberalization and peacemaking
    10. The 'Constitutional Revolution'
    11. Shrinking social rights
    12. Emergent citizenship groups? Immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia and overseas foreign workers
    13. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Gershon Shafir, University of California, San Diego
    Gershon Shafir is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His publications include Land, Labor, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882–1914 (1989, 1996) and Immigrants and Nationalists (1995). He is the editor of The Citizenship Debates (1998). Yoav Peled is lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University. His book, Class and Ethnicity in the Pale: The Political Economy of Jewish Workers' Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia, was published in 1989 and he edited Ethnic Challenges to the Modern Nation-State (2000). Both authors have co-edited The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalization (2000).

    Yoav Peled, Tel-Aviv University

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