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The Contradictions of Israeli Citizenship

Land, Religion and State, 1st Edition

Edited by Guy Ben-Porat, Bryan S. Turner


304 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book provides an integrated analysis of the complex nature of citizenship in Israel. Contributions from leading social and political theorists explore different aspects of citizenship through the demands and struggles of minority groups to provide a comprehensive picture of the dynamics of Israeli citizenship and the dilemmas that emerge at the collective and individual levels.

Considering the many complex layers of membership in the state of Israel including gender, ethnicity and religion, the book identifies and explores processes of inclusion and exclusion that are general issues in any modern polity with a highly diverse civil society. While the focus is unambiguously on modern Israel, the interpretations of citizenship are relevant to many other modern societies that face similar contradictory tendencies in membership. As such, the book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, political sociology and law.


"Israel has been characterized as a society with multiple self-definitions, many different frontiers and borders, and continuing controversies over recognition. Profs. Ben-Porat and Turner cycle into these discussions a book that revolves around multiple facets of citizenship.

It is a very useful collection of original papers that examine a dozen the most interesting and complex aspects of Israel today. The chapters are written by leading experts on contemporary issues within Israel. The book can serve as a fascinating introduction to Israeli society as well as source of commentary and insight for those already familiar with the cultural complexities of this fascinating county."

Russell A. Stone, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, American University in Washington.

"Ben Porat and Turner are offering in this pioneering book an insight into the conflicts embedded in Israel's struggles to define the political meaning of citizenship in a rifted society that is still in search for its collective identity. No future study of citizenship and Israeli society will be complete without a serious reading of this important volume of original scholarship. Highly recommended."

Gad Barzilai, Professor of International Studies, Law & Political Science, University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary Dilemmas of Israeli Citizenship Guy Ben-Porat and Bryan S. Turner 1. Collective Identities, Public Spheres, Civil Society and Citizenshipin the Contemporary Era - with some Observations on the Israeli Scene S. N. Eisenstadt 2. Military Hierarchies and Collective Action: The Case of Israel Yagil Levi 3. Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Israeli Welfare State: State-Building and Political Economy Zeev Rosenhek 4. Corporatism and Multiculturalism as Responses to Ethnic Claims and Socio-economic Inequality: The Case of Shas David Lehmann and Batia Siebzehner 5. Citizenship, Identity, and Ethnic Mobilization in Israel: The Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow - Between Universalism and Particularism Ofir Abu 6. Fundamentalist Citizenships: The Haredi Challenge Nurit Stadler, Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari 7. NGOization of the Israeli Feminist Movement: Depoliticizing or Redefining Political Spaces? Hanna Herzog 8. Parading Pridefully into the Mainstream: Gay and Lesbian Immersion in the Civil Core Amit Kama 9. Inward Turns: Citizenship, Solidarity and Exclusion Guy Ben-Porat 10. Civic Associations, Empowerment and Democratization: Arab Civil Society in Israel Amal Jamal 11. All by Myself? The Paradox of Citizenship Among the FSU Immigrants in Israel Michael Philippov and Evgenia Bystrov 12. The Rise and Fall of Liberal Nationalism Yoav Peled

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies