Intermediators: The Sociology of Cleavages (1987–2018)

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


Around the mid-1990s two opposing processes took place simultaneously: on the one hand, explicit controversies flared up between mainstream sociologists and new critical sociologists ; on the other hand, a more tacit process of rapprochement took place between the two sides. An intermediary position evolved and became a new sociological convention, that viewed Israel as a society afflicted by conflicts among “cleavages ,” or sectors. In 2015 Reuven Rivlin the president of the state, publicly adopted this line of thought and proclaimed the end of the “old social order,” based on a solid majority, and the beginning of a “new social order,” based on a concord between equally weighted minorities.


Baruch Kimmerling Citizenship Gershon Shafir Historians’ debate Post-Zionism Regimes of incorporation Social cleavages Yoav Peled 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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