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Postzionism: A Reader
edited by Laurence Silberstein
contributions by Alexander (Sandy) Kedar, Ariella Azoulay, Hannan Hever, Anton Shammas, Yehouda Shenhav, Pnina Motzafi-Haller, Orly Lubin, Erella Shadmi, Daniel Boyarin, Caryn Aviv, Raz Yosef, David Shneer, Judith Butler, Uri Ram, Azmi Bishara, Jonathan Boyarin, Ella Shohat, Benny Morris, Gershon Shafir, Baruch Kimmerling, Joel Migdal, Adi Ophir and Oren Yiftachel
Rutgers University Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-8135-4346-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4347-5
Library of Congress Classification DS113.4P68 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.54095694


Postzionism first emerged in the mid-1980s in writings by historians and social scientists that challenged the dominant academic versions of Israeli history, society, and national identity. Subsequently, this critique was expanded and sharpened in the writings of philosophers, cultural critics, legal scholars, and public intellectuals.

This reader provides a broad spectrum of innovative and highly controversial views on Zionism and its place in the global Jewish world of the twenty-first century. While not questioning Israel’s legitimacy as a state, many contributors argue that it has yet to become a fully democratic, pluralistic state in which power is shared among all of its citizens. Essays explore current attitudes about Jewish homeland and diaspora as well as the ways that zionist discourse contributes to the marginalization and exclusion of such minority communities as Palestinian citizens, Jews of Middle-Eastern origin (Mizrahim), women, and the queer community.

An introductory essay describes Postzionism and contextualizes each contribution within the broader discourse. The most complete collection of postzionist documents available in English, this anthology is essential reading for students and scholars of Jewish identity, Middle-Eastern conflict, and Israeli history.

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