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Ethnographic Encounters in Israel

Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork

edited by Fran Markowitz

contributions by Hilla Nehushtan, Joyce Dalsheim, Keren Mazuz, Virginia R. Dominguez, Tamir Erez, John Jackson, Uri Dorchin, Jackie Feldman, Jasmin Habib, Emily McKee & Gabriella Djerrahian

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Israel, Jewish Studies, Cultural
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Israel is a place of paradoxes, a small country with a diverse population and complicated social terrain. Studying its culture and social life means confronting a multitude of ethical dilemmas and methodological challenges. The first-person accounts by anthropologists engage contradictions of religion, politics, identity, kinship, racialization, and globalization to reveal fascinating and often vexing dimensions of the Israeli experience. Caught up in pressing existential questions of war and peace, social justice, and national boundaries, the contributors explore the contours of Israeli society as insiders and outsiders, natives and strangers, as well as critics and friends.

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John N. Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Applied Geography at Brock University and has authored many books on the Welland Canals.

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Jasmin Habib is an associate professor in Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

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Editorial Reviews

[I]ntroduces readers to a variety of ethnographic settings that are not often part of discussions about Israel.March 2015


A collection of first-person accounts . . . [of the] contradictions of religion, politics, identity, kinship, racialization, and globalization in the fascinating and often vexing dimensions of the Israeli experience.Summer 2014

Jewish Book World


Ethnographic Encounters offers outstanding ethnography, persuasively close to its subject but at the same time posing wider themes and questions vital to Israel and to the practice of anthropology in an intensely "edgy" contemporary society.

Journal of Anthropological Research

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