Is Israel One?: Religion, Nationalism, and Multiculturalism Confounded

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This book delves into Israeli society where internal divides have emerged from divergent value systems in a context of powerful globalization, immigrant-society behavior, and a sharp majority-minority division. A short but hectic experience, Jewish nationalism draws its vitality from reformulations of ancestral symbols which permeate the dynamics of the confrontations of the dominant culture and numerous parties, all contesting its exigencies. Israel's conflicts revolve around this issue, forming a unique dynamic of multiple interacting forces of convergence and divergence. This case raises several major questions about the sociology of multiculturalism.
Is Israel One?' was selected Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006.

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Is Israel One? is the most detailed analysis yet of the growing complexity of Israeli society…Clearly such a wealth of information takes its place as an important reference source for scholars studying Israeli society."
- Robert Stone
American University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004194007
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Ph.D. (1974) in Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Weinberg Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University. He has published in the area of ethnicity, identities, and sociology of language, including Jewish Identities: Fifty Intellectuals Answer Ben-Gurion (Brill, 2002) and Identity and Social Division (Clarendon, 1994).
Yochanan Peres, Ph.D. (1968) in Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor Emeritus at Tel-Aviv University. He has published in the area of ethnicity, public opinion, survey analysis, and sociology of family, including Between Consent and Dissent: Democracy and Peace in the Israeli Mind (with Ephraim Yaar, Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Identity, nationalism, and multiculturalism 3
Ch. 2 The social and cultural landscape of Israel 27
Ch. 3 The ultra-orthodox in the city 61
Ch. 4 Settlers as a cleavage 87
Ch. 5 Mizrahim and Ashkenazim 107
Ch. 6 Russian immigrants 129
Ch. 7 Ethiopian Jews 151
Ch. 8 Arabs and Druze in Israel 167
Ch. 9 Foreign workers : the case of the Filipinos 187
Ch. 10 The configuration of multiculturalism 203
Ch. 11 Rules of multiculturalism 223
Ch. 12 Identity and national politics 245
Ch. 13 Cleavages transformed 265
Ch. 14 Multiculturalism and the pursuit of meanings 283
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