Israel in the Making
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Israel in the Making : Stickers, Stitches, and Other Critical Practices

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The brilliant kaleidoscope of everyday creativity in Israel is thrown into relief in this study, which teases out the abiding national tensions and contradictions at work in the expressive acts of ordinary people. Hagar Salamon examines creativity in Israel's public sphere through the lively discourse of bumper stickers, which have become a potent medium for identity and commentary on national and religious issues. Exploring the more private expressive sphere of women's embroidery, she profiles a group of Jerusalem women who meet regularly and create "folk embroidery." Salamon also considers the significance of folk expressions at the intersections of the public and private that rework change and embrace transformation. Far ranging and insightful, Israel in the Making captures the complex creative essence of a nation state and vividly demonstrates how its citizens go about defining themselves, others, and their country every day.show more

Product details

  • Book | 306 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 26g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 40 b&w illus., 1 table
  • 0253022800
  • 9780253022806

About Hagar Salamon

Hagar Salamon is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Chair in Folklore at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is author of The Hyena People: Ethiopian Jews in Christian Ethiopia.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Studying Israeli FolklorePart One: Folklore in the Israeli Public ArenaPart One Invitation: Bumper Stickers as a Podium in Motion1. Folklore as an Emotional Battleground: Political Bumper Stickers2. "We the people": "Ha`Am" in the Turbulent Sphere of Israeli Roads3. Kinetic Cosmologies: Sovereign and SovereigntyPart One Recapitulation: Public Interaction on the MovePart Two: Expressions in the Intimate Arena of EmbroideryPart Two Invitation: Embroidering Identity--Needlework and Needle-Talk4. Embroidering Their Selves: Femininity and Embroidery in a Jerusalem Women's Group5. Life Story as a Foundation Legend of Local Identity6. The Intimate Career of a Transitional Object: Needlepoint EmbroideriesPart Two Recapitulation: Needle Texts--Knowledge, Passion, and EmpowermentPart Three: Between the Public and the Private--The Mirrors of AmbivalencePart Three Invitation: Emplacing Israeliness--Shifting Performances of Belonging and Otherness7. The Floor Falling Away: Dislocated Space and Body in the Humor of Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel8. What Goes Around, Comes Around: Rotating Credit Associations among Ethiopian Women in Israel9. "David Levi" Jokes: The Ambivalence over the Levantinization of IsraelPart Three Recapitulation: Between Longing and Belonging--The Folkloric Expressions of AmbivalenceClosing Words: The Birth of Public Enunciation from the Spirit of Everyday LifeBibliographyIndexshow more