Leisure and Cultural Change in Israeli Society

1st Edition

Tali Hayosh, Elie Cohen-Gewerc, Gilad Padva

March 12, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367818937 - CAT# 340668
Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Society

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Providing an inclusive, yet multi-layered perspective on leisure cultures in dynamic hegemonic, subcultural, and countercultural communities, this volume investigates the disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of leisure studies in the age of mass migration, nationalism, cultural wars, and conflicted societies in Israel.

The Israeli society struggles with complicated geopolitical, intercultural, economic and security conditions since the establishment of the State of Israel. Consequently, the emergent leisure cultures in Israel are vibrant, diversified, exuberant and multifaceted, oscillating between Western and Middle Eastern tendencies. The chapters in this edited volume reflect dramatic influences of globalization on Israeli traditions, on one hand, and emergent local practices that reflect a communal quest of originality and authenticity, on the other hand. This book opens up a critical perspective on the tension between contested leisure cultures which are interconnected with spatial and temporal changes and interchanges. 

Examining leisure as a part of social, interethnic, physical, gendered and sexual changes, the volume is a key text for scholars and students interested in leisure culture, Israeli society, education, cultural and media studies and the Middle East.

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