The Israeli State and Society: Boundaries and Frontiers

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This book provides a unique mosaic of the most recent processes and phenomena which explains Israel factually as well as theoretically. It offers a new conceptual framework for analysing the relationships between state and society, contrasting social boundaries with social frontiers. It also discusses the problems that arise when Zionist ideology confronts reality in contemporary Israel.
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“It deals with exceedingly important issues scarcely touched by an earlier generation of Israeli social scientists. The topic is central to the study of Israeli society, and the book makes innovative contributions to sociological theory. It represents first-rate scholarship.” — Robert J. Brym, University of Toronto
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Baruch Kimmerling is Professor at Hebrew University and Director of the Center for the Study and Documentation of Israeli Society.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Crystallization of the State and the Struggles Over Rulemaking: Israel in Comparative Perspective

Joel S. Migdal

Chapter 2 Before the State: Communal Politics in Palestine Under the Mandate

Dan Horowitz

Chapter 3 Citizenship, Nationality and Religion in Israel and Thailand

Erik Cohen

Chapter 4 Jewish Organized Labor and the Palestinians: A Study of State/Society Relations in Israel

Michael Shalev

Chapter 5 Children's Perceptions of Minority Rights: Israel in a Cross-National Perspective

Charles W. Greenbaum, Leon Mann and Shoshana Harpaz

Chapter 6 The Social Meaning of Alternative Systems: Some Exploratory Notes

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Chapter 7 The State of Israel as a Theological Dilemma

Menachem Friedman

Chapter 8 The Structure and Dilemmas of Israeli Pluralism

Judith T. Shuval

Chapter 9 Between "Alexandria-On-The-Hudson" and Zion

Baruch Kimmerling

Chapter 10 Boundaries and Frontiers of the Israeli Control System: Analytical Conclusions

Baruch Kimmerling



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