From Soul Talks to Talk Radio in Israeli Culture
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Title Page, Copyright
Like all books, this book owes a great deal to a great many people. It is not only a book about dialogue but also the product of my own dialogue with persons and texts. I am grateful to all those who gracefully accepted my rather slippery role as auto-ethnographer and joined me in probing implicit dimensions of meaning that are part of our shared cultural world. ...
Introduction: The Social Life of Dialogue
The vision of communication as authentic dialogue, as the mutual communion of souls, has animated many twentieth-century discussions of language and communication. In its diverse manifestations, both in scholarly writings and in various forms of vernacular culture, this communicative utopia has identified dialogue, ...
1. Community of Dialogue: Soul Talks in Israeli Pioneering Ethos
The desolate, gloomy-looking, tent-shaped monument perched on top of a mountain overlooking the Lake of Galilee a little south of Tiberias can no more than suggest the depths of the human drama it was designed to commemorate. Today most Israelis are unfamiliar with the story of the group of twenty-six young pioneers who inhabited the work camp ...
2. Confrontational Dialogues: The Rise and Fall of Dugri Speech
The image of the straight-talking Sabras, the sons and daughters of the Zionist pioneers discussed in the previous chapter, has occupied a central place in Israeli nation-building mythology.1 The term “Sabra,” which literally denotes a local cactus bush and its thorn-covered fruit, was applied metaphorically to Jewish children born in Palestine during the British Mandate ...
3. Airwaves Dialogues: The Cultural Politics of Personal Radio
The increasingly important contribution of the media as a key agent in shaping the speech economies of contemporary societies is widely recognized. Anthropologist Debra Spitulnik has highlighted the fruitfulness of studying media-related language use within an ethnography of communication perspective: ...
Conclusion: Writing against the Text
This book chronicles the role of the quest for “authentic dialogue” in the Israeli dream of communal solidarity, as well as the souring of such dialogue in the shifting context of Israeli society through the twentieth century. My focus has been on the role played by culturally focal ways of speaking and speech occasions in shaping and reflecting this process. ...