The Others Within Us: Constructing Jewish-Israeli Identity by Dan Bar-OnThe Others Within Us: Constructing Jewish-Israeli Identity by Dan Bar-On

The Others Within Us: Constructing Jewish-Israeli Identity

byDan Bar-On

Hardcover | April 7, 2008

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Dan Bar-On's psychosocial approach sees identity as dynamic, constructed in contra-distinction to various "Others." Drawing parallels to other societies, he looks most closely at identity formation among Israelis, or more precisely, among the largely secular Jews from European lands who formed the hegemonic backbone of Israeli society. The Others in question, Diaspora Jews, Jews from Muslim countries, and Arabs, represent repressed aspects of the collective self. Case studies and analysis depict various stages in identity formation, as do "personal windows" onto the author as he experienced these stages. Monolithic identity construction characterized Israel's early years but this began to disintegrate with the passing of time, in ways that were often painful and confusing, though necessary in the view of Bar-On and others. A neo-monolithic backlash has been the response to the disintegration stage in recent years. Yet the book holds out the possibility of a constructive dialogue, internal and among groups in society, that will give rise to a better-integrated and more inclusive identity construction.
Dan Bar-On is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. He is also the co-director of PRIME (Peace Research Institute in the Middle East) near Beit Jala in the West Bank. He is the author of several books, among them Legacy of Silence: Encounters with Children of the Third Reich, Fear ...
Title:The Others Within Us: Constructing Jewish-Israeli IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:April 7, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521881870

ISBN - 13:9780521881876


Table of Contents

1. The past: monolithic identity construction; 2. The present I: Disintegration of the monolithic construction; 3. The present II: the neo-monolithic construction; 4. The future: a dialogue between disintegrated aspects of identity; Postscript.

Editorial Reviews

"Bar-On delivers a very interesting if not entirely original critique of Ashkenazi Jewish identity formation while also promoting a hopeful agenda for the future...I found the book to be entirely accessible...Those who are curious but know little about Israel will find this an engaging study..."
---Jasmin Habib, PsycCRITIQUES