Israeli Sociology

Text in Context

  • Uri Ram

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive historical account of sociology in Israel the first history of sociology in Israel, from its beginnings in late 19th-century to the early 21st-century. It locates the ruptures and reorientations of the sociological text within its shifting historical context. Israeli sociology is shown to have evolved in tandem with the development of the Israeli-Jewish nation in Palestine, and later of the state of Israel. Offering a critical overview of the origins and the development of the discipline, it argues that this can be divided into the following phases: Predecessors (1882-1948), Founders (1948-1977), Disciples (1967-1977), Critics and More Critics (1977-1987), Intermediators (1977-2018), Post-Modernists (1993-2018) and Post-Colonialists (1993-2018).

This book contributes a fascinating national case study to the history of sociology and will appeal further to students and scholars of social theory and Israel Studies.


Postmodernism Postcolonialism Pierre Bourdieu History of Sociology Israeli sociology Zionism protosociology organic intellectuals functionalism Conflict sociology Public sociology Shlomo Swirski pluralist sociology Feminist sociology Post-Zionism neoliberalism post-Fordism neo-marxism Palestinian Sociology neo-nationalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Uri Ram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyBen Gurion University of the NegevBeer ShevaIsrael

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