Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship

Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship

by Gershon Shafir, Yoav Peled
     
 

Shafir (sociology, U. of California at San Diego, USA) and Peled (political science, Tel Aviv U., Israel) argue that the history of Israel is the history of the conflict between three partly contradictory political goals and commitments: colonialism, ethno-nationalism, and liberal democracy. They view the development of Israeli citizenship as a process of evolution…  See more details below

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Shafir (sociology, U. of California at San Diego, USA) and Peled (political science, Tel Aviv U., Israel) argue that the history of Israel is the history of the conflict between three partly contradictory political goals and commitments: colonialism, ethno-nationalism, and liberal democracy. They view the development of Israeli citizenship as a process of evolution from a colonial frontier to a civil society, seeing the latest period of Israeli history (1977 to the present) as one characterized by a partial and halting decolonization otherwise known as the peace process. Exploring the way citizenship has been defined, they offer hope that Israel can move towards a civil society that views women, European immigrants, and Palestinians as equal members of society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521792240
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1902
Series:
Middle East Studies, #16
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

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Meet the Author

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).

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