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"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.
|Introduction : Israeli women's studies||1|
|The Zionist women's movement in Palestine, 1911-1927 : a sociological analysis||33|
|Manya Wilbushewitz-Shohat and the winding road to Sejera||60|
|Daughters of the nation : between the public and private spheres in pre-state Israel||78|
|From zero to hero : masculinity in Jewish nationalism||97|
|Bearers of the collective : women and religious legislation in Israel||121|
|Paradoxes and social boundaries : ultra-orthodox Jewish women and their world||133|
|The ritualized body : brides, purity, and the Mikveh||150|
|The status of women in kibbutz society||171|
|Growing up female and Palestinian in Israel||181|
|Between the flag and the banner : dilemmas in the political life of Israeli women||190|
|Homefront and battlefront : the status of Jewish and Palestinian women in Israel||208|
|Homefront as battlefield : gender, military occupation, and violence against women||231|
|Citizens of the state and political women||247|
|Gender performance in a changing military : women soldiers in 'masculine' roles||265|
|Amalia Kahana-Carmon and contemporary Hebrew women's fiction||279|
|Making the silences speak in Israeli cinema||291|
|The woman as other in Israeli cinema||301|
|Feminism under siege : the vicarious selves of Israeli women writers||317|