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Lena Saleh and Mira Sucharov

the op-eds assigned on the syllabus, students come to think of the issues discussed as ‘up for debate’. In fact, in a number of the classes we taught, students had already done independent background research on op-ed authors—often Israeli or

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Wang Zhen, Alfred Tovias, Peter Bergamin, Menachem Klein, Tally Kritzman-Amir, and Pnina Peri

ideological factions and groups should adapt” (p. 106). And Tamir's interpretation of the claim that “Beytar acknowledges that the individual's action or the benefit of the class are totally subjected, during the whole period of the construction of the Hebrew

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Shira Klein

wrong. Most instructors will warn their students that relying on Wikipedia is a sure recipe for failing assignments. Yet there is a way to mobilize this giant encyclopedia for pedagogical purposes. When students in Israel Studies classes are assigned to

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Two Patterns of Modernization

An Analysis of the Ethnic Issue in Israel

Shlomo Fischer

There is no doubt that the introduction of conflict sociology into the analysis of ethnic (Jewish) relations in Israel has made a decisive contribution to the field. Of particular note is Swirski’s (1981) class analysis, which shows how the same

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Sociology in the Garden

Beyond the Liberal Grammar of Contemporary Sociology

Nissim Mizrachi

phenomenon—the ‘refusal’ of working-class Mizrahi Jews, one of Israel’s disadvantaged groups, to embrace the liberal message of social justice, equality, and human rights. Moreover, this group of Mizrahim, frequently regarded by critical sociologists as

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Eilon Schwartz

Israeli public, with working-class Mizrahim prominent among them. The group’s perspective, featured in each of the articles in this issue and showcased at a conference held at Tel Aviv University in the fall of 2015, 1 focused on the liberal agenda itself

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Editors’ Note

Threats to Academic Freedom

our very oldest members might remember, namely, the ‘middle-class professionals’ strike’ of 1956, when whole sectors of the professional workforce, including doctors, engineers, and academics, walked out, angered that the ‘wage gaps’ between their

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Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham

expressed the mood of the wider political class in Germany. Indeed, the consequences were swift, and the local Thuringian CDU party quickly withdrew from the agreement. Even more tellingly, the current minister of defense, who had already been designated as

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Creating a Significant Community

Religious Engagements in the Film Ha-Mashgihim (God’s Neighbors)

Merav Alush-Levron

absorption, when they were ‘exiled’ to the country’s periphery, and again during the 1990s, when neo-liberalism became the ruling socio-economic and political ideology among liberals comprising the FLH. Consequently, support from lower-class Mizrahi Jews for

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Mor Cohen

), cutting between disciplines and other frameworks such as gender, race, class, and nationality ( Palmer and Panayotov 2016 ; Raunig 2007 ). By adopting this dynamic, acentric, and cross-disciplinary approach, I will draw new connections between times