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Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society (Suny Series in Israeli Studies) Hardcover – June, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0791449851 ISBN-10: 0791449858

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Illuminates Israeli history through the use of the author's unique state-in-society approach, and, at the same time, refines, develops, and expands that approach. The book provides a window for the formation of Israeli state and society during the twentieth century, while using the Israeli experience to ask how social scientists can better investigate and understand other societies as well. Three central themes of Israeli history are at the core of the analysis--state formation, society formation, and the mutually constitutive roles of state and society. By analyzing how Israel's state and society continually reconstruct one another, Migdal addresses larger questions with resonance far beyond Israel: How do particular societies and states end up with their distinctive character? How are the rules that shape everyday behavior determined? Who gains from these rules and who loses? And how and when do these rules and patterns of privilege change? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joel S. Migdal is Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. His most recent work includes State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World (coedited with Atul Kohli and Vivienne Shue). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series in Israeli Studies
  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791449858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791449851
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,924,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel S. Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Near and Middle East Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. He was the founding chair of the University of Washington's International Studies Program. Dr. Migdal was formerly associate professor of Government at Harvard University and senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University. Among his books are Peasants, Politics, and Revolution; Palestinian Society and Politics; Strong Societies and Weak States; State in Society; Through the Lens of Israel; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and Boundaries and Belonging. His latest book is Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East. In 1993, he received the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award; in 1994, the Washington State Governor's Writers Award; in 2006, the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award; and, in 2008, the Provost Distinguished Lectureship.

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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Buflod on January 31, 2006
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Please don't read this book. It was seriously not good at all. Read something else, anything else, before you read this.
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