Discipline: Social Sciences

Topic: Sociology


Trends in Israeli Society

Edited by Ephraim Yaar and Zeev Shavit

This two-volume collection of articles, each written by a renowned expert in the field, examines, from a socio-historical perspective, central aspects of the development of Israels social reality from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century. It demonstrates the complexity of Israeli society and the major rifts within it, through an analysis of the foci of agreement and controversy regarding its collective (Jewish-Zionist) identity. It examines the foci of tension and agreement in the institutional and group structure of Israeli society.


Volume 1: Historical background: Zionist ideology and Yishuv society; Collective identity in the Yishuv; Arab-Jewish relations in Israel as a Jewish and democratic state; Immigration and absorption; Inequality in Israeli society; Social and political economy (2001, 736 pp., cat. # 10495-1)

Volume 2: Political and legal culture in Israel; Introduction to Israeli culture; Education in Israel; Mass media in Israel; A multi-cleavage society; Change processes in the collective identity (2003, 562 pp., cat. # 10495-2)



Professor Ephraim Yaar, of the Department of Sociology and Social Psychology at Tel Aviv University, is Head of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Between Consent and Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000) and Trends in Israeli Democracy: the Public's View (Lynne Rienner, 1992).


Dr. Zeev Shavit is a member of the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel.

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