Communal Webs

Communication and Culture in Contemporary Israel

By Tamar Katriel

Subjects: Anthropology
Series: SUNY series in Anthropology and Judaic Studies, SUNY series, Human Communication Processes
Paperback : 9780791406458, 226 pages, August 1991
Hardcover : 9780791406441, 226 pages, August 1991

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Table of contents


1. Introduction

2. Gibush: The Crystallization Metaphor in Israeli Cultural Semantics

3. Kiturim: Griping as a Verbal Ritual in Israeli Discourse

4. Rhetoric in Flames: Fire Inscriptions in Israeli Youth Movement Ceremonials

5. Picnics in a Military Zone: Rituals of Parenting and the Politics of Consensus

6. "For Our Young Listeners": Rhetorics of Participation on Israeli Radio

7. Brogez: Ritual and Strategy in Israeli Children's Conflicts

8. Behibudim! Ritualized Sharing Among Israeli Children

9. Hahlafot: Rules and Strategies in Israeli Children's Swapping Exchanges

10. Sodot: Secret-Sharing as a Social Form Among Israeli Children

11. By Way of Conclusion




This book brings together insights derived from a detailed exploration of Israeli cultural patterns of communication, highlighting their role in the processes of culture formation, maintenance, and change. Katriel's ethnographic examples provide a richly-textured account of Israeli cultural experience, illustrating the potential of a cultural analysis grounded in the study of ideologically-informed communicative practices.

The author addresses central issues in contemporary anthropology and human communication studies such as the identification of cultural communication patterns in ethnographic research, conceptualizations of the notions of culture and community, the rhetorical force of cultural communication forms, the role of ritualization in communication and social processes, the critical potential of ethnographic work, and the ethnographer's stance in studying one's own culture.

Tamar Katriel is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Haifa, Israel. She is the author of Talking Straight: 'Dugri' Speech in Israeli Sabra Culture.