Israeli Women's Studies: A Reader

Israeli Women's Studies: A Reader

by Esther Fuchs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813536154

ISBN-13: 9780813536156

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"A valuable resource for scholars and students of Judaic, Israel, Middle Eastern, and women's studies. There is no single volume currently available that represents such a broad range of historical, political, religious, and cultural approaches to Israeli women. This book will fill that gap for years to come!"-Judith R. Baskin, editor of Jewish Women in Historical…  See more details below

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"A valuable resource for scholars and students of Judaic, Israel, Middle Eastern, and women's studies. There is no single volume currently available that represents such a broad range of historical, political, religious, and cultural approaches to Israeli women. This book will fill that gap for years to come!"-Judith R. Baskin, editor of Jewish Women in Historical Perspective

"Esther Fuchs is a superb scholar who has created a must-read for academics and the general public alike. Broad public interest in Israel and the Middle East will certainly make this collection of essays on Israeli women a widely-read and important volume."-Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

Israeli women do not enjoy the equality, status, and power often attributed to them by the media and popular culture. Despite significant achievements and progress, as a whole they continue to earn less than their male counterparts, are less visible and influential in the political arena, do not share equal responsibilities or privileges in the military, have unequal rights and freedoms in family life and law, and are less influential in shaping the nation's self image and cultural orientation.
Bringing together classic essays by leading scholars of Israeli culture, this reader exposes the hidden causes of ongoing discrimination and links the restrictions that Israeli women experience to deeply entrenched structures, including colonial legacies, religious traditions, capitalism, nationalism, and ongoing political conflict. In contrast, the essays also explore how women act creatively to affect social change and shape public discourse in less ostensible ways.
Providing balanced perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, this comprehensive reader reflects both an emerging consensus and exciting diversity in the field. It is the definitive text for courses in Israeli women's studies.

Esther Fuchs is a professor in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic studies at the University of Arizona and the author of Israeli Mythogynies: Women in Contemporary Hebrew Fiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813536156
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : Israeli women's studies1
The Zionist women's movement in Palestine, 1911-1927 : a sociological analysis33
Manya Wilbushewitz-Shohat and the winding road to Sejera60
Daughters of the nation : between the public and private spheres in pre-state Israel78
From zero to hero : masculinity in Jewish nationalism97
Bearers of the collective : women and religious legislation in Israel121
Paradoxes and social boundaries : ultra-orthodox Jewish women and their world133
The ritualized body : brides, purity, and the Mikveh150
The status of women in kibbutz society171
Growing up female and Palestinian in Israel181
Between the flag and the banner : dilemmas in the political life of Israeli women190
Homefront and battlefront : the status of Jewish and Palestinian women in Israel208
Homefront as battlefield : gender, military occupation, and violence against women231
Citizens of the state and political women247
Gender performance in a changing military : women soldiers in 'masculine' roles265
Amalia Kahana-Carmon and contemporary Hebrew women's fiction279
Making the silences speak in Israeli cinema291
The woman as other in Israeli cinema301
Feminism under siege : the vicarious selves of Israeli women writers317

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