Beyond Post-Zionism: [Review]

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[...]Metzer builds his discussion and quantitative data on a clear conceptual structure-that of the dual economy. [...]it does not appear coincidental that Bernstein adopted the theory of the split labor market (SLM), developed by the neo-Marxist sociologist Edna Bonacich, as the central theoretical framework for explaining the Mandatory labor market. According to Bonacich, ethnic and national groups (among other social divisions) involved in the same labor market tend to arrive at a state of antagonism because of the need to guarantee their place of work and salary conditions. [...]in several digressions in the book, Bernstein adopts a "history from below" perspective in describing (Jewish) ethnic daily life as she focuses on common practices and modes of behavior, such as the place of one's residence, language, social gatherings, familiar food, or the fact that one's basic instinct has been to find a job inside the ethnic enclave.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalIsrael Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


  • 20th century ; Bernstein, Deborah, 1944-. Constructing Boundaries; Jewish and Arab Workers in Mandatory Palestine (review) ; Book reviews ; Books ; Colonialism ; Colonies & territories ; Economic conditions ; Economic history ; Eretz Israel -- Economic conditions ; Eretz Israel -- History -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period ; Haifa ; History ; Israel ; Jews ; Labor market ; Metzer, Bernstein, Metzer, Bernstein, Jacob., Deborah., Jacob., Deborah ; Metzer, Jacob. The Divided Economy of Mandatory Palestine (review) ; Palestine ; Palestine $xEconomic conditions ; Palestinian Arabs -- Israel -- Haifa ; Review Essay ; Society ; Studies ; Trends ; Zionism


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