1st Edition

Leisure and Cultural Change in Israeli Society

Edited By Tali Hayosh, Elie Cohen-Gewerc, Gilad Padva Copyright 2020
    228 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    228 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Israeli society has struggled 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 that 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 Stebbins

    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

    Michelle Shir-Wise

    2. Mass vs. autonomous consumption of serious leisure: its unexpected byproduct

    Tali Hayosh

    Part II Nationalized and Minoritized Leisure

    3. Shabbat Is a Space without Work

    Elie Cohen-Gewerc

    4.Dark Tourism as Controversial Leisure Enterprise in Israeli TV Satire Shows

    Liat Steir-Livny

    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 Patriarchy

    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


    Tali Hayosh is an accreditation advisor for undergraduate and graduate programs, Head of “Tzevet – Best for Education” Program, in Beit Berl College, Israel. She is a senior lecturer and her research interests are leisure culture, consumption, and leisure education. In 2018 she authored two books about leisure (in Hebrew): Serious Leisure: Culture and Consumption in Modern Society (2018) and After the Bell: The world of Leisure for Children and Teenagers (the latter with Fadia Nasser-Abu Elhija, 2018), and also was a guest editor (with Meir Teichman) of Special Issue Mifgash on leisure culture of children and youth in Israel (in Hebrew, 2018).

    Elie Cohen-Gewerc is a senior lecturer and researcher in Beit Berl College, Israel. He was on the board of directors of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. The main issues he investigates are freedom and the human challenge of being free. He has written various articles and four books, including Serious Leisure and Individuality (2013), with Robert Stebbins.

    Gilad Padva is a film and media and queer studies scholar. He currently works for the Program for Women and Gender Studies with NCJW at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is the author of Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture (2014), and co-editor of Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture (2014) and Intimate Relationships in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture (2017). He has published numerous articles, chapters, and entries in distinguished academic journals, edited volumes, and international encyclopedias.