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Anthropology and Political Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 341

Anthropology and Political Science

What can anthropology and political science learn from each other? The authors argue that collaboration, particularly in the area of concepts and methodologies, is tremendously beneficial for both disciplines, though they also deal with some troubling aspects of the relationship. Focusing on the influence of anthropology on political science, the book examines the basic assumptions the practitioners of each discipline make about the nature of social and political reality, compares some of the key concepts each field employs, and provides an extensive review of the basic methods of research that "bridge" both disciplines: ethnography and case study. Through ethnography (participant observatio...

Israeli Visions and Divisions
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 250

Israeli Visions and Divisions

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-01-16
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This finely etched, on-site work examines the relationships between the changing political system and political culture in Israel, with particular focus on the decade of the 1980s. Written by a scholar equally at home in the United States and in Israel, and intellectually equally at home in political science and anthropology, Israeli Visions and Divisions is a fundamental contribution to a literature long on passion and short on reason, which perhaps is an academic reflection of social life in this deeply troubled land.Aronoff starts from the belief that the basic conflicting and even contradictory interpretations over what should be the exact character of Israel as a Jewish state continues ...

Israeli Visions and Divisions
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 250

Israeli Visions and Divisions

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This finely etched, on-site work examines the relationships between the changing political system and political culture in Israel, with particular focus on the decade of the 1980s. Written by a scholar equally at home in the United States and in Israel, and intellectually equally at home in political science and anthropology, Israeli Visions and Divisions is a fundamental contribution to a literature long on passion and short on reason, which perhaps is an academic reflection of social life in this deeply troubled land.Aronoff starts from the belief that the basic conflicting and even contradictory interpretations over what should be the exact character of Israel as a Jewish state continues ...

Cross-Currents in Israeli Culture and Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 115

Cross-Currents in Israeli Culture and Politics

This fourth volume of Political Anthropology is the first in the series to be devoted entirely to a single country. Israel is currently undergoing a critical stage of transition in its development. The election of the first Likud government in 1977 ended fifty years of Labor dominance of the political system. It in-troduced new personalities, policies, symbols, and myths as it attempted to establish the legitimacy of the new regime. The 1981 election, which maintained the Likud rule, was the closest and one of the most violent in Israeli history; and one in which political and ethnic tensions reached an unprecedented peak. The election in 1984 will determine considerably more than just which...

The frailty of authority
  • Language: en

The frailty of authority

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Religion and Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 139

Religion and Politics

Avoiding simplistic distinctions between religion and politics, each of these essays suggests more satisfactory ways of approaching the complex nature of these dynamic phenomena. Religion and Politics offers a wide range of conceptual and methodological approaches to understanding relationships between socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena in the pioneering new multi-disciplinary ?eld of political anthropology.

New Perspectives on Israeli History
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 294

New Perspectives on Israeli History

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991-10-01
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

In this volume a distinguished group of international scholars draws from history, folklore, political anthropology, historiography, and cultural criticism to reexamine critical issues surrounding the birth of Israel. The authors explore such issues as the transition form yishuv to state, early state policy toward the Arab minority, the origins of the Palestinian refugee problem, the conflict over myths and symbols in the early state, early attitude toward Holocaust victims and survivors, Arab historiography of the 1948 war, Israel-Diaspora relations, and the shaping of Israeli foreign policy. The contributors to the book include: Myron J. Aronoff (Rutgers University), Uri Bialer (Hebrew Uni...

Culture and Political Change
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 221

Culture and Political Change

The burgeoning field of political anthropology has as its essential purpose examining the relationship between the exercise of power and the uniqueness of cultural forms. Culture and Political Change emphasizes interdisciplinary semiotic and phenomenological approaches to the relationship between political change and the durability of such cultural forms as drama, symbol, myth, ritual, and religion. Leading anthropologists and political scientists present case studies illuminating the complex causes and nature of political change.

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 204

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: SUNY Press

Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Politics, and Culture is the second volume in a series devoted to imaginative and critical consideration of recent books on Israel. It is a forum allowing some of the most insightful students of Israeli affairs, both in Israel and in the United States, to examine trends in Israeli literature and in scholarship pertaining to all aspects of Israeli life. Each contributor approaches Israel from a different angle, offering anthropological, religious, political, literary, and historical perspectives. Topics attracting particular attention in this volume include the psychological reactions of Israelis who emigrate from their country and the portrayal of the emigrant in Israeli literature; human rights; the role and content of the Jewish fundamentalist movement in Israel; changing relations to the Palestinian leadership in the occupied terrorists; the emerging issue of Israel as a binational society; psychoanalytic and political motifs in contemporary Israeli fiction; and the controversial findings of Israel's newest wave of "revisionist" historians.

The Spy Novels of John Le Carré
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 316

The Spy Novels of John Le Carré

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999
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  • Publisher: MacMillan

Using espionage as a metaphor for politics, John le Carre explores the dilemmas that confront individuals and governments as they act during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. His characters struggle to maintain personal and professional integrity while facing conflicting personal, institutional, and ideological loyalties. In this work, author Myron Aronoff interprets the ambiguous ethical and political implications of the work of John le Carre, revealing him to be one of the most important political writers of our time. Aronoff shows how through his writing, le Carre poses the difficult question of to what extent are western governments justified in pursuing raison d'etre without undermining the very democratic freedoms that they claim to defend. He also draws parallels between the self parody of le Carre and that of the 17th-century Dutch artist Jan Steen, and explains how it expresses a unique form of ambiguous moralism.