Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship

Books on Israel, Volume III

Edited by Russell Stone & Walter P. Zenner

Subjects: Israel Studies
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791419601, 268 pages, July 1994
Hardcover : 9780791419595, 268 pages, July 1994

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Table of contents

Walter P. Zenner and Russell A. Stone

I. Literature and Language

Rewriting the Holocaust: An Israeli Case Study in the Sociology of the Novel
Aviad E. Raz

Espionage and Cultural Mediation
Walter P. Zenner

An Authentic Human Voice: The Poetry of Amnon Shamosh
Abraham Marthan

On The Schizoid Nature of Modem Hebrew
Shmuel Bolozky

II. Culture and Society: Gender, Ethnicity, Community

Does Gender Matter?
Madeleine Tress

Studies on Ethnicity
Walter F. Weiker

The Search for Israeliness: Toward an Anthropology of the Contemporary Mainstream
James Armstrong

III. Social Analysis

From Apparatus to Populus: The Political Sociology of Yonathan Shapiro
Uri Ram

Governing in a Turbulent National Policy Environment
Giora Goldberg and Efraim Ben-Zadok

IV. History and Politics

The Significance of Israeli Historical Revisionism
Jerome Slater

The Utopian Crisis of the Israeli State
Yagil Levy and Yoav Peled

The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Victory of Otherness
Ilan Peleg

The Intercommunal Dimension in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Intifada
Efraim Inbar

List of Contributors


Critical Essays on Israeli Social Issues and Scholarship is part of a series of review volumes sponsored by the Association for Israel Studies and published by SUNY Press that provides a framework for discussion of research and scholarship on all aspects of Israeli society. This book brings together review essays commenting on issues in Israeli culture, literature, politics, scholarship, and society. The authors identify a series of recently published books and provide critical commentary. In their examination, they go beyond the works themselves to comment on the state of scholarship and social conditions. Topics covered include Israeli writers' reactions to the Holocaust, critical analyses of the popular Israeli poet and novelist Amnon Shamosh, the linguistic relations between Yiddish and Modern Hebrew, ethnic relations, the emerging "mainstream" of Israeli culture, politics, Israeli historical revisionism, and social, psychological, and political aspects of the continuing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Russell A. Stone is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at The American University. He is the author of Social Change in Israel: Attitudes and Events and editor of the SUNY Press series in Israeli Studies. Walter P. Zenner is Professor of Anthropology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His works include Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience; and Minorities in the Middle: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, both published by SUNY Press; and Jewish Societies in the Middle East. He is also the editor of the SUNY Press series in Anthropology and Judaic Studies.


"The interdisciplinary nature of this book gives both breadth and depth to Israeli social issues and scholarship. The topics addressed are quite significant and central to local processes as well as global issues." — Nancy J. Black, Metropolitan State University