The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship
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Being Israeli by Gershon Shafir
Book DescriptionA timely study by two well-known scholars offers a theoretically informed account of the political sociology of Israel. The analysis is set within its historical context as the authors trace Israel's development from Zionist settlement in the 1880s, through the establishment of the state in 1948, to the present day. Against this background the authors speculate on the relationship between identity and citizenship in Israeli society, and consider the differential rights, duties and privileges that are accorded different social strata. In this way they demonstrate that, despite ongoing tensions, the pressure of globalization and economic liberalization has gradually transformed Israel from a frontier society to one more oriented towards peace and private profit. This unexpected conclusion offers some encouragement for the future of this troubled region. However, Israel's position towards the peace process is still subject to a tug-of-war between two conceptions of citizenship: liberal citizenship on the one hand, and a combination of the remnants of republican citizenship associated with the colonial settlement with an ever more religiously defined ethno-nationalist citizenship, on the other.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521796729
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gershon Shafir
Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel, Paperback (August 2012)
Too often, the study of Israel/Palestine has focused on elite actors and major events. This title offers defying typical definitions of Israelis and Palestinians, and redefines how we understand both struggle and survival in a troubled region.
National Insecurity and Human Rights, Paperback (October 2007)
Human rights is all too often the first casualty of national insecurity. How can democracies cope with the threat of terror while protecting human rights? This volume compares the lessons of the United States and Israel with the 'best-case scenarios' of the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, and Germany.
People out of Place, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Gershon Shafir
This collection explores how, in an era of globalization, different nations' distinct traditions of national citizenship and universal rights affect their responses to global migration, markets and international ties.
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Author Biography - Gershon Shafir
Gershon Shafir is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His publications include Land, Labor, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914 (1989, 1996) and Immigrants and Nationalists (1995). He is the editor of The Citizenship Debates (1998). Yoav Peled is lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University. His book, Class and Ethnicity in the Pale: The Political Economy of Jewish Workers' Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia, was published in 1989 and he edited Ethnic Challenges to the Modern Nation-State (2000). Both authors have co-edited The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalization (2000).
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