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The Making of a Capital

Jerusalem on Israeli Banknotes

Na'ama Sheffi and Anat First

decision was made without lengthy discussion. We wish to emphasize that the broad agreement on the role of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital—divided or unified—eased the reception of consensual decisions. Therefore, some of our interpretations are based on

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Hybridization and Purification

The Experiences of Mizrachi Middle-Class Adolescents in Israel

Guy Abutbul Selinger

In contrast to the view, expressed widely in public and in academic discourses, that ethnic categories are no longer significant in explaining Israeli social processes and that ethnic relations have become less hierarchical, this study demonstrates the continuing importance of ethnicity and hierarchical relations in Israeli society. Their importance is reflected in the social processes undergone by middle-class Mizrachi adolescents. Mizrachi families endow their adolescents with family capital—that is, social and cultural patterns—similar to that of middle-class Ashkenazi families. However, because these social and cultural patterns are identified as Ashkenazi, public discourses and practices signify for Mizrachi adolescents their ethnic identity and thus restore the blurred ethnic boundary. This signification is done through mechanisms of 'hybridization' and 'purification', as discussed in the article. These cultural mechanisms maintain the hierarchical relations between Mizrachi and Ashkenazi Jews within Israel's middle class.

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US–México border states and the US military–industrial complex

A Global Space for expanding transnational capital

Juan Manuel Sandoval Palacios

The restructuring of world capitalism in the 1970s and 1980s led to the emergence of the globalization of production and finance circuits of capital. Scholars such as Robinson (2004 , 2014 ) have contended that globalization constitutes a

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Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election Review by Kenneth Waltzer

Reuven Shapira, Transforming Kibbutz Research: Trust and Moral Leadership in the Rise and Decline of Democratic Cultures Review by Julia Chaitin

Baruch Gilead, ed., Documents of the Foreign Policy of Israel, vol. 11, January–October 1956

Nana Sagi ed., Documents of the Foreign Policy of Israel, vol. 12, The Sinai Campaign: The Political Struggle, October 1956–March 1957 Review by Motti Golani

David De Vries, Diamonds and War: State, Capital, and Labor in British-Ruled Palestine Review by Kenneth Stammerman

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the Sociology of Military Knowledge in the IDF

From 'Forging' to 'Deciphering'

Zeev Lerer and Sarit Amram-Katz

This article discusses the links between military knowledge production and the cultural representations of war based on the Israeli experience during the past two decades. It argues that the locus of military knowledge production has moved from what can be described as 'forging knowledge' to 'deciphering knowledge'. This transition is linked to a crisis in the classic representation of war, which is based on the congruence between three binary signifiers: enemy, arena, and violence. The article asserts that the blurring of these three signifiers has created a Bourdieuian field of military knowledge production in which symbolic capital is obtained from the production of knowledge that deciphers the new uncertainty. The article follows the relations between the binaries and the types of knowledge that have been imported and translated in the IDF with regard to four major operational settings: the Oslo redeployment, the Second Intifada, the disengagement from Gaza, and the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War.

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Israel’s Recent Unionizing Drives

The Broader Social Context

Jonathan Preminger

strong unions plus established frameworks and political norms that enabled organized labor, organized capital (employers’ associations), and the state to negotiate over social and economic policies ( Lehmbruch 1977 ). Yet even in these states, organized

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Eilon Schwartz

-profile multicultural leadership program and run working groups to build ‘bonding capital’ within Israel’s many sociologies and ‘bridging capital” across them (see Putnam 2001 ). We have established community organizations to bring together the many voices of towns and

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Hillel Cohen

Judgment will take place in Jerusalem; still others add that the future pan-Islamic caliphate’s capital will be Jerusalem. The fundamental Islamic view is that Islam’s profound connection to Jerusalem is a function not of the city’s place in Jewish

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The Return to the Monument

The Looming Absence of the Temple

Hava Schwartz

establishment of other capital cities in nation-states as part of the shaping of a national narrative ( Cannadine 1983: 126–129 ; Hobsbawm 1983: 274–277 ). The landscape of capital cities has often been planned as a ‘symbolic national landscape’ by which

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Liberalism in Israel

Between the ‘Good Person’ and the ‘Bad Citizen’

Menachem Mautner

the contribution and sacrifice of pioneering and the way in which most of the population of the Yishuv (the pre-statehood Jewish community) lived—a life that focused on fulfilling the desire for normality ( Sternhell 1998 ). The capital of the Yishuv