Cover

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Title page, Copyright page

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables and Figure

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pp. xi-xii

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xviii

This is book is about the emerging society of the state of Israel in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The goal is to provide a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the major contours and trends of social life against a background of its history. I have been struck by how important books on Israel have tended to focus primarily on the history of Zionism and on the Arab-Israeli conflict and often how they have not sufficiently...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xix-xxii

Many persons have contributed to the ideas and research reported in this book. In addition to those cited in the chapter endnotes, I want to acknowledge the continuing input of colleagues at the Hebrew University in Israel, and of researchers at other Israeli universities, for their help in enhancing my understanding of Israeli society. I am especially grateful to Ilan Troen of Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva and Brandeis University who encouraged...

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1 | Nation-Building, Population, and Development

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pp. 1-16

The state of Israel is one of the oldest new societies to have been established in the post–World War II era. Its roots are embedded in the very distant past of the Hebrew Bible and in centuries of anti-Semitism and the minority status of Jews in Christian and Moslem societies. Emerging politically out of the ashes of a European Jewry destroyed in the Holocaust, Israel was carved out of the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and its...

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2 | Ethnic Diversity: Jewish and Arab Populations of Israel

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pp. 17-37

Population changes and political developments altered the emerging society in Israel by radically transforming its composition and redefining the basis of power. With the establishment of the state, the Jewish community became the demographic majority and the source of political control. The transition from Yishuv (the Jewish settlement in Palestine) to Israeli society occurred in the context of a massive Jewish immigration...

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3 | Immigration, Nation-Building, and Ethnic-Group Formation

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pp. 38-61

Israeli society has been shaped by immigration patterns more than most other countries. Changes in the rates of immigration and in the characteristics of immigrants are critical for understanding each of the major themes that guide this analysis—nation-building, ethnic and religious continuities and change, and socioeconomic inequalities. The ethnic mosaic and ethnic integration processes in Israeli society have...

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4 | Arab Israelis: Demography, Dependency, and Distinctiveness

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pp. 62-81

Social-demographic issues were in the forefront of the conflict between Arabs and Jews in Palestine from the end of the nineteenth century through and after the establishment of the state. In the pre-state period, there were political conflicts over the relative size and growth rates of Arab and Jewish populations defined in terms of the number of Jews permitted to enter the country relative to economic opportunities and rates of...

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5 | Urbanization, Residential Integration, and Communities

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pp. 82-110

A dominant theme in Zionist literature has been the need for increasing the Jewish population in the national home to establish the basis of a total Jewish society and to solve the Jewish problems of disadvantage, anti-Semitism, and assimilation experienced in countries where Jews lived as a minority. Jewish population growth was expected to increase the...

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6 | Religiosity, Religious Institutions, and Israeli Culture

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pp. 111-133

There are powerful historic connections between the religion of Jews (Judaism) and the concept of Jewish peoplehood (Zionism). Judaism had always incorporated a vision of a return to Zion in its construction of history and in its traditional religious liturgy. Politically, the state of Israel was established as a secular, democratic society, populated initially in large part by those who substituted their own national ideology, Zionism,...

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7 | Inequality and Changing Gender Roles

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pp. 134-153

A major source of social inequality involves gender roles and statuses. Differences between men and women in access to resources and in translating resources into jobs and income are key aspects of disadvantage for women. Gender differentials in autonomy and control, in independence and decision making, are conspicuous signs of how distinctive spheres of activity become disadvantageous. The extent to which power...

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8 | Education, Stratification, and Inequality

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pp. 154-176

Underlying Israel’s changing society in the context of nationbuilding are major transformations in economic development over the past several decades, including the growth in some sectors of the economy, the expansion of export markets, increased consumption, and the extension of higher levels of living to its diverse population. As Israel’s...

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9 | Inequality and Mortality Decline

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pp. 177-193

The changing quality of life in society is often revealed by the changing pattern of death. Societies with high rates of mortality, a heavy concentration of death among infants and children, causes of death that reflect conditions of poor public health and sanitation, and an absence of adequate medical and preventive care are likely to be those where economic development is low, where medical care and access to it are minimal,...

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10 | Family Formation and Generational Continuities

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pp. 194-226

Families are the building blocks of social organization. In obvious ways, families reproduce and socialize the next generation in the values and lifestyles of the community. They are sources of both comfort and conflict, of generational continuity and change, of financial support and the transmission of values; and they are the basis of the social and economic networks that adults share. Family life places the next generation...

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11 | Emergent Israeli Society: Nation-Building, Inequalities, and Continuities

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pp. 227-254

My primary focus has been on the formation of Israeli society and its development. I have identified some of the central threads of its social, economic, political, and cultural transformations and have explored the changing significance of ethnicity, religion, community, and family. In the process, I have analyzed the impact of Israeli-created conditions of social...

Appendix: Data Sources and Reliability

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pp. 255-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-272

Index

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pp. 273-282