Urban Social Movements in Jerusalem

The Protest of the Second Generation

By Shlomo Hasson

Subjects: Jewish Studies
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791414286, 198 pages, July 1993
Hardcover : 9780791414279, 198 pages, July 1993

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1 Urban Social Movements—Theoretical Discussion

2 The Emergence of Urban Social Movements

3 The Varying Types of Urban Protest

4 Why Do Urban Movements Diverge?

5 The Relationships Between the State and the Urban Movements

6 Theoretical, Practical, and Ethical Reflections




Hasson explores the development of eight urban protest organizations in Israel, revealing how social deprivation is transformed into organized patterns of activity. To investigate how and why urban movements evolve, he depicts the housing and social conditions in which members of Jerusalem's second generation found themselves. He follows their trajectories: analyzes the process of organization building and the formation of urban social movements; the conflict between charismatic, protest powers and the state; the routinization of charisma. He also traces the critical response of the state to these processes.

Shlomo Hasson is Associate Professor at Hebrew University and Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israeli Studies.


"Movements among Jews of Middle Eastern origin in Israel have attracted a great deal of attention outside of Israel. Hasson sets this social phenomenon into its Israeli context and uses it to test theories of collective behavior.The book deals with the 'routinization of charisma' in these movements. Hasson shows the importance of leadership, the origins of leaders, et cetera. He describes the paths of both those who came from gang backgrounds and those who did not. He addresses the roles of social workers and politicians in initiating, sustaining, and coopting these groups." — Walter P. Zenner, State University of New York at Albany