Welcome to my website. Here you can find some details about my academic work and read published articles and course syllabi.

My scholarly interests center on the processes in which ethnic and national identities are produced, re-produced and dissolved. My study of these processes focuses on socio-historical dynamics, power relations, and the juncture of culture and politics.

In my view, boundaries between disciplines in the social sciences and humanities reflect mainly political and economic interests in the academic arena and beyond it. The fortification of these boundaries reflects these interests and has mainly a negative impact on our ability to understand social phenomena.

Therefore, my work blurs the lines between various academic disciplines. Similarly I believe that social studies should be based on more than one method and thus I combine in my work both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

 

My work

In my study on Arab soccer in Israel I illustrated how a seemingly innocent arena like sports is in effect a powerful political sphere, which has implications for ethnic, religious, civic and national identification and even political behavior. You can read some articles based on this project here. If you read Hebrew, the book has been published by Magnes Press. The English version will be published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press.

As part of my interest in national identities and national symbols I investigated public debates held in Palestine during period of the British Mandate for a particular Palestinian flag. You can read about this study here.

My recent project dealt with the establishment of Palestinian memorial monuments in Israel. In a forthcoming article in Comparative Studies in Society and History I illustrate how extrernal and internal cross-pressures have made Palestinian commemoration in Israel circuitous, vacillating, and cautious. Although intellectual and political leaders have aspired to nurture Palestinian national identity by building monuments for national martyrs, frequently this national identity has been challenged and even blurred by local and religious allegiances. I argued that the prominence of these allegiances is partly related to the attempts of many Palestinians in Israel to secure their shaky status as citizens by de-politicizing their public image. The traumatizing events of October 2000 have only partly changed these dynamics.

Publications

Books

Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave, Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming, 2007).

The Hebrew version was published by Magnes Press, 2006. Outline in French is also available.

Refuzniks Israéliens ("Israeli Refuseniks – Soldiers who Refuse to Serve in the Occupied Territories " co-authored with Fabienne Messica), Agnès Viénot Edition, Paris (in French, 2003).

Articles in Refereed Journals

"Cautious Commemoration: Localism, Communalism, and Nationalism in Palestinian Memorial Monuments in Israel,” Forthcoming in: Comparative Studies in Society and History.

“Between Football and Martyrdom - the Bi-Focal Localism of a Palestinian Town in Israel,” British Journal of Sociology, 56 (4) 2005, 635-661.

“The Orange and the Cross in the Crescent – Imagining Palestine in 1929,” Nations and Nationalism, 10 (3) 2004, 269-291.

“Palestinian Nationalism has Left the Field – A Shortened History of Arab Soccer in Israel,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 35 (3) 2003, pp. 417-437.

“Arab Football in Israel as an Integrative Enclave,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26 (3), 2003, pp. 422-450.

“The Islamic Soccer League in Israel : Setting Moral Boundaries by Taming the Wild,” Identities – Global Studies in Culture and Power, 9 (4), 2002, pp. 445-469.

“Arab Soccer in Israel and the Contest over its Meanings,” (in Hebrew), Ha-Mizrach he-Hadash, 43, 2002, pp. 157-176.

“Palestinian Nationalism in the 1940’s: The Sports Column as an Identity Agent,” (in Hebrew), Zmanim, Spring 2000 (70), pp. 15-25.

Chapters in books

“Why did Beit-She’an let Beitar win? Ethnic solidarity, sports ethic,and national ideology,” in: Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 23, edited by Jonathan Frankel, Peter Medding, Eli Lederhendler, and Ezra Mendelsohn, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2008).

“The sports column as a site of Palestinian nationalism in the 1940’s? ” in: Sports and Society in Israel/Palestine, edited by Amir Ben Porat and Yair Galili, Frank Cass, forthcoming, 2007).

“Arab soccer in a Jewish State, ”Jews, Sports and the Rites of Citizenship , edited by Jack Kugelmass, University of Illinois Press, 2006, pp. 159-172.

“Palestinian Sports in Historical Perspective,” (in Hebrew), in: Body Culture and Sports in Eretz-Yisra’el in the 20 th century (Idan series), Edited by Haim Kaufman and Hagai Harif, Yad Ben-Zvi, 2002, pp. 434-452.

Solicited Articles in Journals

“Threatened Masculinities and Ethnicity in Israeli Soccer,” in: Scholar and Feminist Online, 4 (3), 2006.

“Window of Opportunity in the National Stadium,” (in Hebrew) in: Panim , 25 (Summer 2003), pp.74-81.

“Memory and Identity: The Land Day Monument ,” in ISIM Newsletter (10), July 2002, p. 17.

Book Reviews

Allen J. Scott's "On Hollywood: The Place, The Industry," Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 34 (6), 2005, pp. 644-645.

Motti Regev & Edwin Seroussi ’s “Popular Music & National Culture in Israel,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 28 (5 ), 2005, pp. 965-967.

Yair Sheleg’s “The New Religious Jews” and Eva Etzioni-Halevy’s “The Divided People,” Bulletin of the Association for Israel Studies, Fall 2001, Vol. 17 (1), pp. 128-131.

Op-Eds

“Conscience Laundry in Sakhnin,” (in Hebrew) in Y-net , January 8, 2004

Courses

sport

Martydom

Israeli Society

Tamir Sorek
Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
Department of Sociology
University of Florida
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