Crisis and Transformation: The Kibbutz at Century's End / Edition 1

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Examines kibbutz life following the Israeli economic crisis of 1985, focusing on the kibbutz's dramatic transformation from a well-defined social structure to a collective identified principally by its cultural preoccupations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791432266
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables


1. Kibbutz Identity

The Reality of Utopia

Social Change and Transformation

The Identity Dilemmas of the Kibbutznik

The Expectations of the Investigation

2. The Crisis

Human and Economic Resources

Building Power — and Losing it

From the Political Setback to the Economic Crisis

Questioning the Kibbutz Identity

3. A Shattered Community

Status, Conflict, and Change

Forces of De-collectivization

Socialization and Discontinuation

The New Kind of Social Obligation

4. Kibbutz Capitalism Challenged

A Socialism De-luxe

Changes in the Kibbutz Enterprise

Commercialization, Privatization and Security

Toward Recovery?

5. Kibbutz and Society

The Dilemmas of Elitism

Toward Pluralism

A New Type of Kibbutz Movement?

6. Behind the Transformation

Aspirations for Change

The Social Distribution of Aspirations

In Conclusion

7. Implementing Change

Investigating Social Transformation

Categories of Kibbutzim

The Politics of Change

The Vicissitudes of Implementing Change

In Conclusion

8. The Transformation of Identity

The Context of Crisis

Old Dilemmas in New Terms

The Role of the Technocrats

Social Cohesion and Fragmentation

The Revenge and Reality of the Anarchist Utopia

Appendix 1: Correlation Analyses

Appendix 2: Statistical Abstract—The Kibbutzim in the 1990s




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