Providing an inclusive, yet multi-layered perspective on leisure cultures in dynamic hegemonic, subcultural, and countercultural communities, this volume investigates the disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of leisure studies in the age of mass migration, nationalism, cultural wars, and conflicted societies in Israel.
The Israeli society struggles with complicated geopolitical, intercultural, economic and security conditions since the establishment of the State of Israel. Consequently, the emergent leisure cultures in Israel are vibrant, diversified, exuberant and multifaceted, oscillating between Western and Middle Eastern tendencies. The chapters in this edited volume reflect dramatic influences of globalization on Israeli traditions, on one hand, and emergent local practices that reflect a communal quest of originality and authenticity, on the other hand. This book opens up a critical perspective on the tension between contested leisure cultures which are interconnected with spatial and temporal changes and interchanges.
Examining leisure as a part of social, interethnic, physical, gendered and sexual changes, the volume is a key text for scholars and students interested in leisure culture, Israeli society, education, cultural and media studies and the Middle East.
Robert A Stebbis
Introduction: Leisure, Conflict and Change in Israeli Leisure Cultures
Tali Hayosh, Elie Cohen-Gewerc and Gilad Padva
Part I Freedom, Autonomy and Leisure
1. Leisure, Consumption and Freedom
2. Mass vs. autonomous consumption of serious leisure: its unexpected byproduct
Part II Nationalized and Minoritized Leisure
3. Shabbat Is a Space without Work
4.Dark Tourism as Controversial Leisure Enterprise in Israeli TV Satire Shows
Part III Consuming Leisure, Gender and Sex
5. Naked Leisure: Recreational and Domesticated Male Bodies in an Israeli Home Design Campaign
Gilad Padva and Sigal Barak-Brandes
6. Playboy as Repressive Leisure: Feminists confronting Israeli
Michal Zeevi and Esther Hertzog
7. Consumption Practices: Uniformed Yet Unique? Finding Individuality within Conformist Consumer Culture
Tali Hayosh and Rakefet Erlich Ron
Part IV Leisure Communities and Communal Hobbies
8. Long Distance Running as a Serious Leisure Activity and Its Influence on Relationships within the Family
Sima Zach and Assaf Lev
9. It's Always Up to the Parents": Parents' Initiatives in response to the Challenge of Leisure Time for Children with Disabilities
Hagit Kalibanski, Orit Gilor and Drora Kfir
10. The Sabra, the Genius and the Chess Player: A Socio-historical Understanding of Competing Narratives
Shahar Gindi and Avital Pilpel
This new series seeks to examine the various developments and changes in contemporary Middle East society. From a variety of disciplinary approaches it includes books on issues such as globalization, the impact of economic, religious and political change on people’s lives, the family and gender relations in the region.