This book is the first major sociological analysis of the characteristics and interrelationships of ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic class in Israeli society. Although much has been written about the various distinctions between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews, this volume argues for a more sophisticated approach than the rather crude divisions that have formed the basis of most works on the subject. The authors include categories largely overlooked in sociological studies on Israel such as middle class Israelis from Asia and Africa, and working-class Israelis from Europe. The data acquired from this rich ethnic mix leads to the analysis of a wide range of theoretical issues that casts fresh light on social cleavages within Israel in particular and society in general.
Acknowledgements; Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Background: 1. Ethnicity and society; 2. Divisions in Israeli society; 3. Theoretical perspectives in Israeli sociology; 4. The sample, its background and its setting; Part II. Social Patterns and Behavior: 5. Neighborhoods: synagogues and neighborhood committees; 6. Religiosity and secularization; 7. Friendship networks; Part III. Identities and Images: 8. Ethnic consciousness; 9. Class consciousness; 10. Religion, ethnic and class division: convergent or cross-cutting?; Part IV. The Impact of Stratification: 11. Voting; 12. Discrimination; 13. Assimilation or ethnic solidarity?; Part V. Social Cleavages: An Overview of Israeli Society and Some Theoretical Implications: 14. Cleavages among Jews; 15. Jews and Arabs; 16. Toward a theory of social cleavages; Appendices; Glossary; Notes; References; Index.