Jewish Feminism in Israel: Some Contemporary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume brings together, for the first time, the voices of feminist theorists, public policy administrators, philosophers, sociologists, art critics, lawyers, and political and human rights activists on the topic of Jewish feminism in Israel. Essays range from broad discussions of Israeli feminism and women and religion in Israel to more specific examinations of gender (in)equality on the kibbutz, Mizrahi (non-Ashkenazi) feminism, Women in Black and other peace movements, domestic violence and its link to Israeli culture, and avant-garde feminist art. By addressing such a wide variety of issues, this volume highlights the complex and nuanced ways in which the interplay of religion, culture, social forces, political processes, and the state impacts the lives of women in contemporary Israeli society. The expansion of feminist consciousness as a response to politics, the militarization of nationalist ethos, and ethnic division ties the essays together. This theme enhances the volume’s timeliness in the face of the current Intifadah in the Occupied Territories and the repression unleashed by Israeli security forces in response to it.

Collectively, the essays in Jewish Feminism in Israel present a systematic, critical, and dynamic view of Israeli Jewish feminism within its specific social and political context. Its particular strength lies in the multiple ways it addresses women’s experiences in Israeli society, focusing both on the obstacles to equality and the creative ways in which women are coming together to pursue change and transform their environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584653257
  • Publisher: Brandeis University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

KALPANA MISRA is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma). She is the author of From Post-Maoism to Post Marxism: The Erosion of Official Ideology in Deng’s China (1998). MELANIE RICH is a clinical psychologist and served as co-chair of the Women’s Conference in Israel, held jointly in Tulsa, Tel Aviv, and Tiberias.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Theorizing Israeli Feminism, 1970-2000 1
Women and Religion in Israel 17
Women, Law, Religion, and Politics in Israel: A Human Rights Perspective 57
Gender Equality in the Kibbutz - From Ideology to Reality 76
Mizrahi Feminism: The Unheard Voice 96
The Women's Peace Movement in Israel 113
Violence Against Women 132
"Bad Girls" - The Israeli Version: Contemporary Women Artists in Israel 141
Epilogue 172
Index 179
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