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Being Israeli : The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship - Gershon Shafir

Being Israeli

The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship

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Published: 22nd April 2002
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A timely study by two well-known scholars offers a theoretically informed account of the political sociology of Israel. The analysis is set within its historical context as the authors trace Israel's development from Zionist settlement in the 1880s, through the establishment of the state in 1948, to the present day. Against this background the authors speculate on the relationship between identity and citizenship in Israeli society, and consider the differential rights, duties and privileges that are accorded different social strata. In this way they demonstrate that, despite ongoing tensions, the pressure of globalization and economic liberalization has gradually transformed Israel from a frontier society to one more oriented towards peace and private profit. This unexpected conclusion offers some encouragement for the future of this troubled region. However, Israel's position towards the peace process is still subject to a tug-of-war between two conceptions of citizenship: liberal citizenship on the one hand, and a combination of the remnants of republican citizenship associated with the colonial settlement with an ever more religiously defined ethno-nationalist citizenship, on the other.

'There have been innumerable attempts to map that complexity and to produce a comprehensive analysis of Israeli society. Gershon Shafir and Yoav Peled's Being Israeli may well be the most sophisticated so far, and perhaps the most challenging.' New Statesman 'Among this book's strengths, three stand out: the way it combines historical and sociological approaches; its concern to engage with ideas even while exploring their material bases; and its readiness to join normative reflection to description and explanation ... At a more general level, what the authors show is how a vast number of details can be held in an overarching conceptual framework that gives them new, illuminating meaning.' Ethnic and Racial Studies '... a great contribution to the study of Israel and its internal contradictions and conflicts.' Shofar

Introduction
Fragmented Citizenship in a Colonial Frontier Society
The virtues of Ashkenazi pioneering
Mizrachim and women: between quality and quantity
The frontier within: Palestinians as second-class citizens
The wages of legitimation: Zionist and non-Zionist Orthodox Jews
The Frontier Reopens
New day on the frontier
The frontier erupts: the Intitfadas
The Emergence of Civil Society
Agents of political change
Economic liberalization and peacemaking
The 'Constitutional Revolution'
Shrinking social rights
Emergent citizenship groups? Immigrants from the FSU and Ethiopia and overseas foreign workers
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521796729
ISBN-10: 0521796725
Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 22nd April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.65