Inside-Out: Personal and Collective Life in Israel and the Kibbutz

Inside-Out: Personal and Collective Life in Israel and the Kibbutz

by Julia Chaitin


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Inside-Out: Personal and Collective Life in Israel and the Kibbutz by Julia Chaitin

Inside-Out examines life in Israel and kibbutz in relation to questions of identity and belonging. Based on the personal experiences of Dr. Julia Chaitin, the book weaves together explorations of education, social relationships, economics, work, gender, ideology, and social structures in the kibbutz. These explorations are intertwined with discussions of the themes of violence, the military, the Holocaust, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and diverse ethnic groups in Israel. Recounting events from over thirty years of living on a kibbutz in Israel, the American born author reflects upon the development of her identity and also draws on psychosocial and cultural understandings of everyday events in a kibbutz and in Israel, which presents an intricate look at life in these unique societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761837671
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Julia Chaitin holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. Her research focuses on the long-term psychosocial impact of the Holocaust on survivors and their families, and on young adults; joint Palestinian-Israeli research; and issues of ethnic belonging and identity among immigrant populations. Dr. Chaitin specializes in qualitative research, basing her work on narrative research and storytelling, ethnography, and inter-group facilitation. Dr. Chaitin is a Senior Lecturer at the Sapir College in Israel and is active in peace and social justice work.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: My background and roots, some present-day thoughts and the paths to this books Chapter 3 The dreaded identity crisis that has been brewing becomes full-blown Chapter 4 New Years with the family and visiting Daniel in the Army Chapter 5 Occupation, refugees, and academic life, with a side of falafel and chips Chapter 6 Cows, capitalism, and kibbutz economics Chapter 7 Coming 'home,' memories of childhood, equality, and parking spaces Chapter 8 Planting olive trees with unrecognized Bedouins Chapter 9 Israel, the Holocaust, the survivors, and some of what comes in between Chapter 10 Anachnu tzree-chim l'da-ber—We need to talk Chapter 11 My soldiers, the Palmach, and invisible enemies Chapter 12 "It's principle"—Anach-nu tzr'ichim l'daber—Take 2 Chapter 13 My Zionism, post-Zionism, and confounded sense of identity Chapter 14 Another soccer Shabbat Chapter 15 Shira b'tzi-bur—All together now Chapter 16 Belonging to kibbutz in life and death Chapter 17 Identity and belonging—Disengagement and right of return Part 18 Bibliography Part 19 Index Part 20 About the Author

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