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Israel Has a Jewish Problem: Self-Determination as Self-Elimination

Joyce Dalsheim


This book examines the struggles over Jewishness in Israel. Although the state was founded to liberate the Jews, some Israelis must leave the country to get married, while others are denigrated for trying to live the Torah life. The Kafkaesque nature of such struggles illustrates how modern democratic nation-states, meant to liberate citizens through rule by “the people” and for “the people,” instead create “a people” for the state and its projects. The book argues that self-determination becomes a form of self-elimination as it produces the ethnos for the nation, inevitably narrowing the poss ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, secularism, nationalism, citizenship, self-determination, assimilation, Israel, settler colonialism, religion, Jewishness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190680251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190680251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joyce Dalsheim, author
Cultural Anthropologist, University of North Carolina at Charlotte