Wildfire: Grassroots Revolts in Israel in the Post-Socialist Era

Wildfire: Grassroots Revolts in Israel in the Post-Socialist Era

by Sam Lehman-Wilzig
     
 

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Wildfire is a wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary study of the “other side” of Israeli public life. Because the governmental service systems work poorly, and political protest has proved to be largely ineffective, the Israeli public has begun to take matters into their own hands, in effect creating numerous “alternative” service systems in almost

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Wildfire is a wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary study of the “other side” of Israeli public life. Because the governmental service systems work poorly, and political protest has proved to be largely ineffective, the Israeli public has begun to take matters into their own hands, in effect creating numerous “alternative” service systems in almost all spheres of life.

Lehman-Wilzig describes this phenomenon and analyzes the impact of the most important alternative systems: illegal settlement activity, a huge underground economy, pirate cable TV stations, “gray” education, Black medicine, anti-religious as well as anti-secular activity, and a growing demand for electoral reform and constitutionalization of the Israeli polity.

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“This book is extremely provocative, very clearly written, and well-structured. I found it interesting and, in places, fascinating. The topic is extremely important for the macro-understanding of the Israeli society, especially within the context of changes occurring since 1967.” — Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College

“I like the fact that the author addresses ‘real’ problems in society, issues of the media, education, labor, and electoral reform for example. I believe that this book manifests a thorough understanding of some of the very subtle characteristics of the Israeli social/economic/political systems, and shows a clear insight into the nature of the fundamental problems in Israeli society, how the problems developed, and where the solutions to those problems may lie.The author’s style of writing is clear and scholarly, yet it is also quite captivating.” — Gregory Mahler, University of Mississippi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791408728
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series in Israeli Studies Series
Pages:
198

Meet the Author

Sam N. Lehman-Wilzig is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and is Chairman of the Institute for Journalism and Public Communications. He is co-editor of Comparative Jewish Politics: Public Life in Israel and the Diaspora, and author of Stiff-Necked People, Bottle-Necked System: The Evolution and Roots of Israeli Public Protest, 1949-1986.

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