New PDF release: Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship

By Gershon Shafir

ISBN-10: 051101886X

ISBN-13: 9780511018862

ISBN-10: 052179224X

ISBN-13: 9780521792240

This penetrating and well timed examine by way of recognized students deals a theoretically knowledgeable account of the political sociology of Israel. The argument is determined in its historic context because the authors hint Israel's improvement from the start of Zionist payment in Palestine within the early Eighteen Eighties to the Oslo accords in 1993, and at last to the hot Palestinian rebellion. in contrast historical past, they speculate at the proposal of citizenship and what it skill to be the citizen of a fragmented and ideologically divided society.

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An ethnic democracy combines “the extension of political and civil rights to individuals and certain collective rights to minorities with institutionalized dominance over the state by one of the ethnic groups” (Smooha 1990: 391; see also 1992: 21; 1997; 2000; for critiques see Ghanem et al. 1999; Sa‘di 2000; Jamal 2000; Gross 2000a). Smooha shares with the functionalists their recent notion that the Israeli polity is motivated by two contradictory political commitments: to the Jewish character of the state and to its democratic form of government (Smooha 1990: 391–5).

This struggle, which was conducted in the face of a decline in unemployment and general economic prosperity, served to brand the Histadrut’s opponents as antiZionist “and cement the popular identification of the [LSM] as the vanguard of the Jewish national struggle” (Shapira 1977: 252–7; see also Shalev 1990; 1996). The Jewish agricultural workers in Palestine developed a militant nationalist approach to the Palestinians as a consequence of their failed struggle to displace them and take their jobs in the Jewish plantations.

Where rival societies compete for control of the land, is to be found in Israel” (1981: 312). 3 By all accounts, during its fourth phase of development Israel has been moving from a statedominated society to a civil society in the former, liberal sense of the term (Ezrahi 1997; Hirschl 2000b; Peled and Ophir 2001). As a latecomer among frontier societies, Israeli society was state dominated, because it was engaged in a massive, publicly financed and organized colonial settlement project. It operated under the cross pressures of demographic, military, political, and legitimational necessities and, like the Yishuv before it, achieved a workable accommodation between the exclusivist goals of Zionist nation building and the integrative imperative of democratic state building.

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