This book is a major sociological analysis of the characteristics and interrelationships of ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic class in Israeli society. The analysis of ethnicity focuses on the differences among Jews from different countries of origin (from Europe, North Africa and Asia), although there is also a chapter on Palestinian Arabs in Israel. This work takes the analysis of ethnic identities and relations much further than previous studies of Israeli society, and is the first to compare the importance of ethnicity with both religion and class and to illustrate the nature of the relationships between all three divisions. The combination of sophisticated theory and research advances the study of Israeli society in particular and the study of social cleavages and conflicts within society in general.
Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical and Empirical Background:
1. Ethnicity and society
2. Divisions in Israeli society
3. Theoretical perspectives in Israeli sociology
4. The sample, its background and setting
Part II. Social Patterns and Behavior: 5.
Neighborhoods: synagogues and neighborhood
6. Religiosity and secularization
7. Friendship networks
Part III. Identities and Images: 8. Ethnic
9. Class consciousness
10. Religion, ethnicity, and class
cross-cutting or converging?
Part IV. The Impact of Stratification: 11.
13. Assimilation or ethnic solidarity?
Part V. Social Cleavages: An Overview of
Israeli Society and Some Theoretical
Implications: 14. Cleavages among Jews
15. Jews and Arabs
16. Toward a theory of social cleavages