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Israeli Society in the Twenty-First Century: Immigration, Inequality and Religious Conflict

Calvin Goldscheider

2015 • 312 pp. 6 x 9"

Paperback, 978-1-61168-747-7 
Hardcover, 978-1-61168-746-0 
Ebook, 978-1-61168-748-4


"Goldscheider takes a straightforward, dispassionate approach and this is one of the book's great strengths..."
Contemporary Jewry v35:3

Israeli Society in the Twenty-First Century: Immigration, Inequality and Religious Conflict

Calvin GoldscheiderBecoming Israeli

A data-based analysis of social life and social problems in contemporary Israel that draws a vivid portrait of a dynamic and rapidly changing society

Goldscheider identifies three key social changes that have led to the transformation of Israeli society in the twenty-first century: the massive immigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union, the economic shift to a high-tech economy, and the growth of socioeconomic inequalities inside Israel. To deepen his analysis of these developments, Goldscheider focuses on ethnicity, religion, and gender, including the growth of ethnic pluralism in Israel, the strengthening of the Ultra-Orthodox community, the changing nature of religious Zionism and secularism, shifts in family patterns, and new issues and challenges between Palestinians and Arab Israelis given the stalemate in the peace process and the expansions of Jewish settlements.

Combining demography and social structural analysis, the author draws on the most recent data available from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics and other sources to offer scholars and students an innovative guide to thinking about the Israel of the future.

“The scholarship of this updated work is outstanding. Goldscheider is the established authority in combining the approaches of demography and sociology into a socio-cultural analysis of Israeli society. . . . None of the others in the field have achieved a book of this scope and magnitude in English.” — Russell Stone, professor emeritus of sociology, American University

CALVIN GOLDSCHEIDER is professor emeritus of sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at Brown University.

This book was published by Brandeis University Press as part of the Schusterman Series in Israel Studies.