Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Israel

Guy Ben-Porat (Editor), Yariv Feniger (Editor), Dani Filc (Editor), Paula Kabalo (Editor), Julia Mirsky (Editor)

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This Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary Israel, accounting for changes, developments and contemporary debates. The different chapters offer both a historical background and an updated analysis of politics, economy, society and culture. Across five sections, a multidisciplinary group of experts, including sociologists, political scientists, historians and social scientists, engage in a wide variety of topics through different perspectives and insights. The book opens with a historical section outlining the formation of Israel and Jewish nationalism. The second section examines contemporary institutions in Israel, their developments and the contemporary challenges they face in light of social, economic, political and cultural changes. The third section explores geopolitics and Israel's foreign relations, exploring conflicts, alliances and foreign policy with neighbors and powers. The fourth section engages with Israel's internal divisions and schisms, highlighting questions of identity and inequality while also outlining processes of integration and marginalization between groups. The final section explores matters of culture, through the social and demographic shifts in contemporary music, poetry and cuisine, along with the struggles for inclusion and the impact of globalization on Israeli culture. The Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Israel is designed for academics along with undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on Israel, Israeli politics, and culture and society in modern Israel.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages525
ISBN (Electronic)9780429281013
ISBN (Print)9780367236526
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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