Old Zionists, old masculinity: Zionist organizations for seniors in mandatory Palestine

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The Paper focuses on the Zionist Organizations founded in Mandatory Palestine. They presented ideas about age, gender, and Zionism which opposed Zionist perceptions that became dominant throughout the Yishuv on the eve of World War II. The organizations challenged dominant perceptions on masculinity, and by internalizing the category of age-related identity, the seniors sought to promote broader acceptance of forms of masculinity using their newspaper as a platform. The organizations of the senior Zionists were characterized by a male subculture of aging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-239
Number of pages19
JournalJewish Culture and History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper is part of an ongoing research project on Older Persons and Old Age in the Jewish Yishuv, in Mandatory Palestine, conducted by Gur Alroey and Israel (Issi) Doron. the research has been supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant 468/20).

Funding Information:
List of Supported by Brit Rishonim (undated), CZA, K10/20/1.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • aging
  • mandatory Palestine
  • masculinity
  • senior’s organization
  • subculture of aging
  • Zionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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