This is the second volume of the publication series of the Israeli Sociological Society, whose object is to identify and clarify the major themes that occupy social research in Israel today. Studies of Israeli Society gathers together the best of Israeli social science investigation, which was previously scattered in a large variety of international journals. Each book in the series is introduced by integrative essays.
The contents of volume two focus on the sociology of a unique Israeli social institution—the kibbutz. Kibbutz society constitutes an important laboratory for the investigation of a variety of problems that have been of perennial concern to the social sciences. Topics in this volume include relevant contemporary issues such as the dynamics of social stratification in a "classless" society, the function and status of the family in a revolutionary society, relations between generations, industrialization in advanced rural communities, and collective economies versus the outside world. The questions of the concept and development of the kibbutz, social differentiation and socialization, and work and production within the kibbutz possess a significance far beyond their immediate social context. Does the kibbutz offer a model for an alternative, communal lifestyle for the modern world? How has the kibbutz changed over the past decadeswithin the context of a rapidly modernizing Israeli society? Emphasizing the "nonfailure" of the kibbutz experiment and contrasting it with many socialist, cooperative, and communal experiments that clearly did fail, Martin Buber, in his analysis, attributes this success to the kib-but/'s undogmatic character, its ability to adapt structures and institutions to changing conditions, while preserving its essential values and ideals.
This volume presents an excellent review of the social research undertaken on the kibbutz in the past decades, and provides an introduction to the growing scientific literature on the kibbutz.
Contributors: Melford E. Spiro, Menachem Rosner, Martin Buber, Joseph Ben-David, Daniel Katz, Naftali Golomb, Erik Cohen, Arye Fishman, Michael Saltman, S.N. Eisenstadt, Eva Rosenfeld, Amitai Etzioni, Ephraim Yuchtman, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Nissim Cohen, Yonina Talmon-Garber, Joseph Shepher, Lionel Tiger, Edward C. Devereux, Reuben Kahane, Ivan Vallier, David Barkin, John W. Bennet, Yehuda Don, Uri Leviatan, Eliette Orchan, Shimon Shur and David Glanz.
About the Author
Ernest Krausz is professor emeritus of sociology at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. While at Bar-Ilan University he served as a member of the Council of Higher Education and executive member of the Israel Science Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including The Limits of Science, Sociology in Britain, Ethnic Minorities in Britain, and Exploring Reality and Its Uncertainties.