Concrete boxes : Mizrahi women on Israel's periphery / Pnina Motzafi-Haller, with a foreword by Virginia R. Dominguez.Material type: TextSeries: Raphael Patai series in Jewish folklore and anthropology: Publisher: Detroit, Michigan : Wayne State University Press, 2018Edition: English editionDescription: xxiv, 345 pages ; 23 cmISBN: 9780814340592; 0814344429; 9780814344422; 0814340598Uniform titles: Be-ḳufsaʼot ha-beṭon : nashim Mizraḥiyot ba-periferyah ha-Yiśreʼelit. English Subject(s): Women -- Israel -- Yeroḥam -- Interviews | Women -- Israel -- Yeroḥam -- Social conditions | Women -- Israel -- Yeroḥam -- Economic conditions | Mizrahim -- Israel | New towns -- Israel | Economic history | Mizrahim | New towns | Social conditions | Women | Women -- Economic conditions | Women -- Social conditions | Yeroḥam (Israel) -- Economic conditions | Yeroḥam (Israel) -- Social conditionsDDC classification: 305.4095694 LOC classification: HQ1728.5.Z9 | Y47613 2018
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"This edition is a translation from the original Hebrew publication, In the Cement Boxes (Magnes Press, 2012), published by arrangement with the Hebrew University Magnes Press Ltd., Jerusalem"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-325) and index.
Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Foreword to the Hebrew Edition; Foreword to the English Edition; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Nurit: Surviving Social Marginality; 2. Efrat and Her Daughters: The Road to Religious Observance; 3. Rachel: Yerucham's "Ideal Resident"; 4. Rachel's Juggling Act and Its Limits; 5. Esti: Subversive Interpretation of a Constrained Reality; 6. Esti the Rebel: No One Will Speak for Her; 7. Gila: A Story of Success; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index
"Concrete Boxes: Mizrahi Women on Israel's Periphery offers a rich depiction of contemporary life in one marginalized development town in the Israeli Negev. Placing the stories of five women at the center, author Pnina Motzafi-Haller depicts a range of creative strategies used by each woman to make a meaningful life within a reality of multiple exclusions. These limitations, Motzafi-Haller argues, create a "concrete box," which, unlike the "glass ceiling" of the liberal feminist discourse, is multi-dimensional and harder to break free from [...] Concrete Boxes offers sustained reflection about Israeli reality rarely documented in scholarly work and a thought-provoking theoretical exploration of the ways in which individual agency encounters social restrictions and how social marginality is reproduced and challenged at the same time"-- Publisher's website