Sappho in the Holy Land: Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel (SUNY Series in Israel Study) [NOOK Book]

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This unique collection examines the experience of lesbians in Israel, providing insight into some of the institutions that have helped shape that experience. The book analyzes and interprets how culturally specific political, ideological, and social systems construct lesbian identities, experiences, and dilemmas, and it also explores how a specific society is seen, understood, and interpreted from a lesbian perspective. Written by scholars, professionals, and grassroots activists representing different sectors of...
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Sappho in the Holy Land: Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel (SUNY Series in Israel Study)

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Overview

This unique collection examines the experience of lesbians in Israel, providing insight into some of the institutions that have helped shape that experience. The book analyzes and interprets how culturally specific political, ideological, and social systems construct lesbian identities, experiences, and dilemmas, and it also explores how a specific society is seen, understood, and interpreted from a lesbian perspective. Written by scholars, professionals, and grassroots activists representing different sectors of the Israeli political spectrum, this book provides a broad perspective of the lesbian experience in Israel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791483909
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 531 KB

Meet the Author

Chava Frankfort-Nachmias is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and Erella Shadmi is Senior Lecturer of Criminology and Head of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Beit Berl College.

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Table of Contents

1 Knowing lesbians, lesbian knowing : introduction 1
2 Lesbians in Israel : a legal perspective 15
3 The story of ClaF : the community of lesbian feminists 39
4 To re-construct the community : lesbians on a kibbutz 65
5 Emigration : the case of the Israeli lesbian 73
6 Orthodox lesbians : not a contradiction in terms 87
7 Toward a history of gay bars in Israel : a memoir 105
8 The presentation of self of young Israeli lesbians : a discourse on split identity 117
9 Crafting multilayered identities in Israel 135
10 From "sexless in Russia" to "proud Israeli lesbian" : immigration stories of coming out 153
11 Lesbians in the women's peace movement 175
12 Alliance and denial : lesbian protest in women in black 191
13 A rainbow Kufiyya 211
14 Israeli lesbians, national identity, and motherhood 223
15 The construction of lesbianism as nonissue in Israel 251
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