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Guest Editors' Introduction

Football and Society in Israel—a Story of Interdependence

Tamar Rapoport and Amir Ben Porat

Israel, where it has been played every weekend all over the country since before the establishment of the state. Football is not just a game that children and adults love to play and watch; it also involves individual, group, and collective identities, and local and national identification. Football reflects, and often accentuates, political and social conflicts that highlight ethno-national, class, political, and gender hierarchies and tensions in society. The game is largely dependent on the surrounding context(s) that determines its “relative autonomy,” which shapes its distinguished fandom culture(s) and practices (Rapoport 2016).

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Eilon Schwartz

strong sense of group loyalty to a religious-national identity all too often brings with it a dark side of distrust and dislike for those on the outside who are not part of its sense of the collective. Negotiating an educational approach that allows for a

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Sociology in the Garden

Beyond the Liberal Grammar of Contemporary Sociology

Nissim Mizrachi

they live ( Kleinman 2006 ). As we have seen, dignity seeks to break through the local collectivity’s boundaries, which separate genders, ethnicities, and national identities, and reach out toward the universal collectivity. In doing so, dignity

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The Editors

Rights in Israel: Constitutional Rhetoric and State Practice , and for dessert we present a review of Yael Raviv’s Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel . We hope you enjoy our articles and reviews, and we look forward to

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Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham

addresses some of the issues identified above. In “Effects of Religious Identity and Ethnicity on the Israeli-Jewish Electorate,” Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar, Yasmin Alkalay, and Tom Aival consider this especially topical question, both conceptually and

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Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham

Merkel's successor as chancellor when she retires at the end of her current term, and who had accepted the despicable move, announced that she was stepping down from the national party leadership and her intended role. And what happened in Israel? The

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Nir Gazit and Yagil Levy

fulfill such missions in terms of training, preparedness, and equipment, for example? To what degree does the involvement of the military in policing civilian environments influence the soldiers’ professional identity, as well as the public's perception of

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Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

Since the end of the Cold War in 1990, “regions” and “governance” have become prominent themes in the social sciences and they have often accompanied each other in both political and academic circles. During this historical period, regions have developed in many ways, including the proliferation and deepening of regional integration schemes, including among others, the enlargement of the European Union (EU), the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the passage of the Organization of African Unity to the African Union, and the transformation of the Andean Pact into the Andean Community. While world regions were being established at the supranational level, sub-national regions also began to take form. The 1990s witnessed the development of regional economies, regional identities, regionalist ideologies, political parties, and social movements. In many cases, these transformations could not be contained by national boundaries. The notion of “borders” has recently been replaced by “border regions” as these areas have become accepted as socially constructed territories that transcend political and geographic delineations.

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The Digital Age Opens Up New Terrains for Peace and Conflict Research

Josepha Ivanka Wessels

identities of adversaries can be perpetuated in cyberspace, even if these adversaries are inactive in the offline world. For example, YouTube provides a digital public space for Rhodesians to express their national identity, while Rhodesia as a nation

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Liberation Autochthony

Namibian Veteran Politics and African Citizenship Claims

Lalli Metsola

relations, citizenship often remained minimalist, “involv[ing] a birth certificate or a national identity card that does not have the power to invoke rights and obligations” ( Roitman 2007: 188 ). Through the 1980s and 1990s, the combination of economic