The Postzionism Debates

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-05-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Postzionism is a term increasingly used in Israeli public culture to refer to those who challenge zionism's hegemony. This is the first book to discuss and analyze the debates over post-zionism that go to the heart of Israeli national identity and culture. Applying a framework drawn from contemporary cultural studies, postcolonial studies and the writings of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari,The Postzionism Debatesconsiders the arguments of the critics of post-zionism, who believe that it represents an effort to subvert the historical foundations of the state of Israel, and the proponents of post-zionism, who think it is a necessary prerequisite of Israel's emergence as a fully democratic society. The struggle for postzionism is a conflict over national memory and the control of cultural and physical space. Laurence J. Silberstein analyzes the phenomenon of postzionism and provides an intervention into this debate.

Author Biography

Laurence J. Silberstein is the Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he also directs the Berman Center for Jewish Studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(14)
Mapping Zionism/Zionist Mapping
Critique of Zionism: Critics from Within
Critique of Zionism: Critics from Without
Postzionism: The Academic Debates
Palestinian Critics and Postzionist Discourse: Anton Shammas and Emile Habiby
Postzionism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonial Theory: A Radical Postzionist Critique
Concluding Reflections 207(4)
Endnotes 211(30)
References 241(22)
Index 263

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