Ethnic Politics in Israel: The Margins and the Ashkenazi Centre

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This book offers an analysis on contemporary Israeli democracy, examining in particular society and politics from the perspectives of the different ethnic groups outside of the Ashkenazi mainstream. The book explores the political expressions of the secondary groups in Israel (Mizrahim, Religious, Russians and Palestinian-Arab) and how these groups where treated by the Ashkinazim as a threat to its hegemony over the state. Looking at the instability created by the struggle of these marginal groups against the state, and the discrimination policy practiced by the Ashkenazi ‘hegemonic ethnic state’ regime against the other, non-Ashkenazi, groups, the book illustrates how this has contributed to the failure to establish an ‘Israeli people’. Ethnic Politics in Israel will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of Middle East, Palestinian, Arab, Jewish and Israeli studies, political science, sociology and psychology.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages221
ISBN (Electronic)0203865049, 9781135229481
ISBN (Print)0415547350, 9780415547352
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2010 As’ad Ghanem. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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