One Hun­dred Years of Kib­butz Life

Michal Pal­gi and Shu­lamit Rein­harz, eds..
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By – November 1, 2011
When think­ing of Israel, the kib­butz is one of the first things that come to mind. The social exper­i­ment in col­lec­tive liv­ing cel­e­brates its cen­ten­ni­al this year. This col­lec­tion of papers by Israeli aca­d­e­mics exam­ines the kib­butz, its con­tri­bu­tions to Israeli soci­ety, and its evo­lu­tion. They cov­er issues such as the Kib­butz Cri­sis of 1980, the pri­va­ti­za­tion of the kib­butz, spousal rela­tions on the kib­butz and the moshav, and aging on the kib­butz. They also look at the changes that have occurred in kib­butz life over the years. These include the use of inter­na­tion­al work­ers, the devel­op­ment of urban kib­butz­im, and the influ­ence of eco-Zion­ism and ecol­o­gy. The depic­tion of the kib­butz in lit­er­a­ture and film, and the cul­ture of the kib­butz appear as well. This broad range of top­ics offers inter­est­ing mate­r­i­al for study and dis­cus­sion. The book will be a valu­able addi­tion to aca­d­e­m­ic library col­lec­tions sup­port­ing grad­u­ate pro­grams in the social sci­ences, his­to­ry, and Jew­ish studies.
Bar­bara M. Bibel is a librar­i­an at the Oak­land Pub­lic Library in Oak­land, CA; and at Con­gre­ga­tion Netiv­ot Shalom, Berke­ley, CA.

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