The author approaches the intricate process of nation-building in Israel through an examination of transformations which took place within a major development sector, rural land settlement, during Israel's first decade of statehood. Based on four years of observation in Israel, the study analyzes the ways in which this state worked out the urgent problems that confront a new nation, and demonstrates in vivid ethnographic detail how the policies thus formed made themselves felt in particular communities. The result is a clear picture of the interaction of national planning and the realities of village life in post-statehood Israel, and an original contribution to the anthropology of complex societies.
Originally published in 1968.
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Table of Contents
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Preface, pg. ix
- I. Introduction, pg. 1
- II. The Pre-Statehood Foundations of the New Society and its Land Settlement Sector, pg. 29
- III. The Moshav Ovdim as Model for the Moshav Olim, pg. 89
- IV. Organization of Land Settlement after the Establishment of the New State, pg. 114
- V. The Phase of Rationalization, pg. 169
- VI. A Burgeoning Bureaucracy and the New Society, pg. 222
- VII. Jews in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco: A Partial Reconstruction, pg. 253
- VIII. Ometz: The First Year of a Successful Moshav Olim, pg. 303
- IX. Variability in Village Development, pg. 380
- X. Epilogue: Nation-Building and the New Society, pg. 436
- Glossary, pg. 445
- Bibliography, pg. 449
- Index, pg. 465