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Politics of Provocation, The

Participation and Protest in Israel

Gadi Wolfsfeld

Publication Year: 1988

The hymns include praise of the deity and voces magicae, words that have no semantic meaning, but draw attention to sounds of letters in God’s name. Since God’s name is used to create the world, the sounds of the name are creative, but the Name cannot be spoken. The hymns create a multiplicity of Name-equivalents, words that have the functional status of the divine Name and which can be employed in ritual. Voces magicae are not so much nonsense as they are logical extensions of the linguistic theory. The final chapter surveys recent theories of ritual language and then uses the conclusions from the study to refine the general issue of the relationship between the semantic meaning of words and their ritual efficacy.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. ix


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pp. x

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pp. xi-xii

One of the advantages of studying Israeli political behavior is the large amount of unexplored territory which is left to scout. This book is, in essence, the first study of political participation in Israel. It is hoped that the ideas which are presented will offer some insights into the rather unique nature of Israeli political culture. ...

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pp. 1-5

This is a study of one nation's attempt to develop a participatory political culture. Israel is about to tum forty and it is a useful time to take stock. It is a country which is teeming with political movement. Citizens often find themselves moving from crisis to crisis and the political clock seems to be permanently stuck at the eleventh hour. Israelis ...

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Chapter 1

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pp. 6-28

This chapter is devoted to placing the political culture of Israel in perspective. The discussion is divided into three sections. The first section offers a brief historical overview which will describe the early political culture of Israel. This period was dominated by paternalistic party machines which had a veritable monopoly on the control of political communication. A variety of political, social, and ...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 29-38

The subject of political action has, until now, been studied from two very different perspectives. The first is the study of political participation, mostly carried out by political scientists concerned with how individual citizens get involved in politics (for a review see Milbrath and Goel 1977). The early studies in this field (Milbrath 1965; Almond and Verba 1963; Verba and Nie 1972) emphasized the ...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 39-71

What types of Israelis get involved in politics? Why do they do it? Why do some Israelis only participate in one type of action, whereas others particiapte in many? How can the psychological roots of the politics of provocation best be explained? These are the questions grappled with in chapters 3 and 4. The model presented in the last section ...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 72-90

The use of typologies is a dangerous business. Although it is convenient to label people Conformists or Pragmatists, people become involved in politics for hundreds of personal reasons and choose among an equally large number of strategies and repertoires. Although it is not possible to do justice to all of these variations, a more detailed ...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 91-114

The move from individual to collective behavior is fraught with theoretical and methodological pitfalls. Despite the fact that both citizens and groups are political actors, social scientists view each from very different perspecitives. As illustrated in the previous chapters, psychological models of involvement and choice dominate general ...

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Chapter 6

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pp. 115-148

This chapter is devoted to three purposes. First, it is meant to provide a deeper look into the central variables which were introduced in the last chapter. The quantitative analysis was general in its description of organization, resources, and interests. As before, the use of interviews offered a much greater degree of detail and a richer ...

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Chapter 7

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pp. 149-162

It is impossible to tell the tale of collective action without saying something about how the story ends. Although the majority of this study has been devoted to explaining the roots of protest, the political significance of collective action depends on the final outcome. The theoretical importance of this analysis can be best understood by reviewing several themes which have been emphasized ...

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pp. 163-173

This study was devoted to two goals. The first purpose was to better understand the political culture of Israel and the second aim was to contribute to the development of a comprehensive model of political action. The conclusion is accordingly divided into two sections and in each the attempt is to both summarize the major findings and to suggest some implications of this research for social scientists and ...

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pp. 174-185

The appendix is divided by chapters. It is designed to offer supplementary information about the specific procedures which were used to collect data for this study. Some of these procedures are described in the text and footnotes and are not repeated here. ...


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pp. 186-193


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pp. 195-200


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pp. 201-210

E-ISBN-13: 9781438424354
E-ISBN-10: 1438424353
Print-ISBN-13: 9780887067686
Print-ISBN-10: 0887067689

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 1988

Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies