Landscapes of Death: The Kibbutz and the Cemetery

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This paper deals with the cemetery at Kibbutz Ein Harod. This was the first cemetery established in the Jezreel Valley and is of particular historic importance to the Kibbutz Hameuhad movement. To understand how cemeteries reflect tensions between the values of egalitarianism and personal diversity and the conflicts ensuing from these, I hypothesize that the graves reflect the cultural transformations of the kibbutz over the time. As in life, the attempt to maintain the value of egalitarianism was neither dogmatic nor unequivocal with egalitarianism degenerating in the context of social ascription. In addition, the kibbutz commemorated those of its members who had achieved national political
and cultural renown during their lifetimes differently from ordinary members.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
Number of pages20
JournalJewish Journal of Sociology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Burial
  • Burials
  • Conflict
  • Cultural Pluralism
  • Cultural Values
  • Death
  • Egalitarianism
  • Kibbutz
  • Kibbutzim
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social conflicts


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