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The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel
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A provocative history of Israeli society in the 1950s that demonstrates how a voluntarist collectivism gave way to an individualist ethos In this sharply argued volume, Orit Rozin reveals the flaws in the conventional account of Israeli society in the 1950s, which portrayed the Israeli public as committed to a collectivist ideology. In fact, major sectors of Israeli society espoused individualism and rejected the state-imposed collectivist ideology. Rozin draws on archival, legal, and media sources to analyze the attitudes of black-market profiteers, politicians and judges, middle-class homemakers, and immigrants living in transit camps and rural settlements. Part of a refreshing trend in recent Israeli historiography to study the voices, emotions, and ideas of ordinary people, Rozin’s book provides an important corrective to much extant scholarly literature on Israel’s early years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Part I | At Home and On the Street
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 Austerity
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. 2 Austerity and the Rule of Law
  2. pp. 39-51
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  1. 3 The Law Enforcement System
  2. pp. 52-62
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  1. Part II | In the City Square
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 4 Austerity Tested
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. 5 The Municipal Election Results and Their Significance
  2. pp. 79-92
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  1. 6 From Poll to Poll
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. 7 The Outcome of the Elections to the Second Knesset
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. Part II | Somewhere in the Transit Camp
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. 8 Terms of Abhorrence
  2. pp. 139-161
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  1. 9 Parents, Parenting, and Children
  2. pp. 162-179
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  1. 10 The Construction of a Collective
  2. pp. 180-190
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 191-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-232
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  1. References
  2. pp. 233-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-254
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