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      Wrapped in the Flag of Israel
      Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture

      by Smadar Lavie

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      • Author: Smadar Lavie
      • Awards: San Francisco Book Festival Nominee for Biography/Autobiography (Honorable Mention) (2015)
      • ISBN: 9781782382225 (1782382224)
      • Publisher: Berghahn Books
      • Format: hardcover, 216 pages
      • Genres: israel
      • Release date: May 16, 2014
      • Language: english

      About The Book

      Lavie’s work marks the first English-language ethnography… on single motherhood outside North America. As well, it is the first ethnography to explore the complex interplay between gender, race, and bureaucracy in the Middle East…. a must read. Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis [Lavie’s] compelling account defies conventional labels for ethnography by combining elements of autoethnography, memoir, testimonio, cultural critique, extended case study, Bakhtinian contrapunct, and the reflexive essay style of critical race feminists. Faye V. Harrison, University of Florida

      Lavie’s analysis of the fusion of bureaucratic and religious power is without equal in the classics of political anthropology. Martha Mundy, London School of Economics

      This a powerful, indeed an exceptional, book on the fate of Mizrahi single mothers in today’s Israel… without the romanticism and idealism within which Israeli middle-class Jews love to bedeck themselves and present themselves. Don Handelman, The Hebrew University

      What is the relationship between social protest movements in the State of Israel, violence in Gaza, and the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran? Why did the mass social protests in the State of Israel of summer 2011 ultimately fail? This book discusses social protest movements from the 2003 Single Mothers’ March led by Mizrahi Vicky Knafo, to the “Tahrir is Here” Israeli mass protests of summer 2011. Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain-what, arguably, can be seen as torture-the author explores the conundrum of loving and staying loyal to a state that repeatedly inflicts pain on its non-European Jewish women citizens through its bureaucratic system. The book presents a model of bureaucracy as divine cosmology and posits that Israeli State bureaucracy is based on a theological essence that fuses the categories of religion, gender, and race into the foundation of citizenship.

      SMADAR LAVIE is a visiting professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley, and at the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork. Lavie spent nine years as tenured Professor of Anthropology at U.C. Davis. She authored “The Poetics of Military Occupation, ” receiving the Honorable Mention for the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing, and co-edited Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity. Lavie won the American Studies Association’s 2009 Gloria Anzaldua Prize and the 2013 “Heart at East” Honor Plaque for service on behalf of Mizrahi communities in the State of Israel.

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