The Divided People by Eva Etzioni-Halevy
Can Israel's Breakup Be Stopped?

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The Divided People describes a fracturing Israel, a deeply divided state whose political system is buckling and whose society is rapidly polarizing into religious and secular camps. Written by a social scientist and drawing upon social science research, the work documents the emergence of separate social networks, residential areas, symbols, and identities—and even a split in the Hebrew language itself. Yet rather than argue for a return to the commonality of the past, Eva Etzioni-Halevy champions Israel's painful transition toward a truly multicultural society prepared to embrace diversity and democracy. This provocative new book carries a supremely important message for a postmodern Israel taking its first painful steps toward pluralism, liberalism, and tolerance, and a wider lesson for western nations grappling with the problems of a devolutionary age.

About Eva Etzioni-Halevy

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EVA ETZIONI-HALEVY is professor emeritus of political sociology at Bar- Ilan University in Israel. She has published fourteen academic books and numerous articles. Born in Vienna, she spent World War II as a child in Italy, then moved to Palestine in 1945. She has also lived in the United States and spent time in Australia before taking up her position at Bar-Ilan.
Published February 1, 2002 by Lexington Books. 196 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction