Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism

Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism

by Orit Rozin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1611680816

ISBN-13: 2901611680811

Pub. Date: 12/13/2011

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

In this sharply argued volume, Orit Rozin reveals the flaws in the conventional account of Israeli society in the 1950s, which portrayed the Israeli public as committed to a collectivist ideology. In fact, major sectors of Israeli society espoused individualism and rejected the state-imposed collectivist ideology. Rozin draws on archival, legal, and media sources

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In this sharply argued volume, Orit Rozin reveals the flaws in the conventional account of Israeli society in the 1950s, which portrayed the Israeli public as committed to a collectivist ideology. In fact, major sectors of Israeli society espoused individualism and rejected the state-imposed collectivist ideology. Rozin draws on archival, legal, and media sources to analyze the attitudes of black-market profiteers, politicians and judges, middle-class homemakers, and immigrants living in transit camps and rural settlements.

Part of a refreshing trend in recent Israeli historiography to study the voices, emotions, and ideas of ordinary people, Rozin’s book provides an important corrective to much extant scholarly literature on Israel’s early years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901611680811
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
12/13/2011
Series:
The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The First Years
AT HOME AND ON THE STREET
Austerity: Desperate Housewives and the Government
Austerity and the Rule of Law
The Law Enforcement System
IN THE CITY SQUARE
Austerity Tested: The Local Elections of 1950
The Municipal Election Results and Their Significance
From Poll to Poll: The Elections for the Second Knesset
The Outcome of the Elections to the Second Knesset
SOMEWHERE IN THE TRANSIT CAMP
Terms of Abhorrence: How Old-Time Israelis Viewed Immigrants from the Islamic World
Parents, Parenting, and Children
The Construction of a Collective: Relations between Immigrants and Old-Time Israelis
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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