The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel

Author:   Orit Rozin ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   University Press of New England
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9781611680812


Pages:   276
Publication Date:   13 December 2011
Format:   Paperback
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In this sharply argued volume, Orit Rozin reveals the flaws in the conventional account of Israeli society in the 1950s, which portrayed the Israeli public as committed to a collectivist ideology. In fact, major sectors of Israeli society espoused individualism and rejected the state-imposed collectivist ideology. Rozin draws on archival, legal, and media sources to analyze the attitudes of black-market profiteers, politicians and judges, middle-class homemakers, and immigrants living in transit camps and rural settlements. Part of a refreshing trend in recent Israeli historiography to study the voices, emotions, and ideas of ordinary people, Rozin's book provides an important corrective to much extant scholarly literature on Israel's early years.

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Author:   Orit Rozin ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   University Press of New England
Imprint:   Brandeis University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.70cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.456kg
ISBN:  

9781611680812


ISBN 10:   1611680816
Pages:   276
Publication Date:   13 December 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained
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Rozin makes an important contribution to understanding how Israel moved from a society that emphasized national and communal needs first, to one that gradually allowed average Israelis to seek--and expect the state to grant--individual freedoms that steadily led to a rising standard of living and personal fulfillment. . . . A major contribution to Israeli social history. . . . Highly recommended. --Choice


The numerous primary sources that this book includes, showing the stereotyping and racism employed by the elite in Israel against the immigrants, makes this book a major asset and important work for understanding Israeli society. <i><b>Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online</b></i>


Choice H-JUDAIC Israel Studies Review Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online Rozin makes an important contribution to understanding how Israel moved from a society that emphasized national and communal needs first, to one that gradually allowed average Israelis to seek--and expect the state to grant--individual freedoms that steadily led to a rising standard of living and personal fulfillment. . . . A major contribution to Israeli social history. . . . Highly recommended. -- Choice [A] work of a cultural, social, and to an extent, political history, which shines methodologically in its critical discourse analysis. . . As much as it is a book about the rise of the individual in 1950s Israel, it is also a revisionist study of an era commonly remembered (and arguably mystified) by Israelis as extremely collectivist in ethos. -- H-JUDAIC Rozin's book is a very useful source of well-collected information on the culture of austerity in early Israel, drawn from the period's newspapers, speeches, testimonies, and government records. -- Israel Studies Review The numerous primary sources that this book includes, showing the stereotyping and racism employed by the elite in Israel against the immigrants, makes this book a major asset and important work for understanding Israeli society. -- Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online -The numerous primary sources that this book includes, showing the stereotyping and racism employed by the elite in Israel against the immigrants, makes this book a major asset and important work for understanding Israeli society.---Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online -Rozin's book is a very useful source of well-collected information on the culture of austerity in early Israel, drawn from the period's newspapers, speeches, testimonies, and government records.---Israel Studies Review -[A] work of a cultural, social, and to an extent, political history, which shines methodologically in its critical discourse analysis. . . As much as it is a book about the rise of the individual in 1950s Israel, it is also a revisionist study of an era commonly remembered (and arguably mystified) by Israelis as extremely collectivist in ethos.---H-JUDAIC -Rozin makes an important contribution to understanding how Israel moved from a society that emphasized national and communal needs first, to one that gradually allowed average Israelis to seek--and expect the state to grant--individual freedoms that steadily led to a rising standard of living and personal fulfillment. . . . A major contribution to Israeli social history. . . . Highly recommended.---Choice The numerous primary sources that this book includes, showing the stereotyping and racism employed by the elite in Israel against the immigrants, makes this book a major asset and important work for understanding Israeli society. Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online Rozin s book is a very useful source of well-collected information on the culture of austerity in early Israel, drawn from the period s newspapers, speeches, testimonies, and government records. Israel Studies Review [A] work of a cultural, social, and to an extent, political history, which shines methodologically in its critical discourse analysis. . . As much as it is a book about the rise of the individual in 1950s Israel, it is also a revisionist study of an era commonly remembered (and arguably mystified) by Israelis as extremely collectivist in ethos. H-JUDAIC Rozin makes an important contribution to understanding how Israel moved from a society that emphasized national and communal needs first, to one that gradually allowed average Israelis to seek and expect the state to grant individual freedoms that steadily led to a rising standard of living and personal fulfillment. . . . A major contribution to Israeli social history. . . . Highly recommended. Choice


[A] work of a cultural, social, and to an extent, political history, which shines methodologically in its critical discourse analysis. . . As much as it is a book about the rise of the individual in 1950s Israel, it is also a revisionist study of an era commonly remembered (and arguably mystified) by Israelis as extremely collectivist in ethos. H-JUDAIC


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Orit Rozin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and the author of The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism.

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