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[Commlist] New Book: Leisure and Cultural Change in Israeli Society

Tue Jun 30 07:36:05 GMT 2020

We would like to announce a new publication from Routledge, which we hope will be of interest.

***Leisure and Cultural Change in Israeli Society ****
** Edited by Tali Hayosh, Elie Cohen-Gewerc, Gilad Padva***

Providing an inclusive, yet multi- layered perspective on leisure cultures in dynamic hegemonic, subcultural, and countercultural communities, this volume investigates the disciplinary and interdisciplinary aspects of leisure studies in the age of mass migration, nationalism, cultural wars, and conflicted societies in Israel.

Israeli society has struggled with complicated geopolitical, intercultural, economic, and security conditions since the establishment of the State of Israel. Consequently, the emergent leisure cultures in Israel are vibrant, diversified, exuberant, and multifaceted, oscillating between Western and Middle Eastern tendencies. The chapters in this edited volume reflect dramatic influences of globalization on Israeli traditions, on one hand, and emergent local practices that reflect a communal quest of originality and authenticity, on the other hand. This book opens up a critical perspective on the tension between contested leisure cultures that are interconnected with spatial and temporal changes and interchanges.

The book opens with a Foreword by the distinguished leisure studies scholar Robert A. Stebbins.

The Introduction to this volume focuses on leisure, conflict, and change in Israeli leisure cultures.

The book includes four parts:

- The first part "Freedom, autonomy, and leisure" comprises Michelle Shir-Wise's research of leisure, consumption, and freedom, and Tali Hayosh's research "Mass vs. autonomous consumption of serious leisure: its unexpected byproduct."

- The second part "Nationalized and minorized leisure" comprises the study "Shabbat is a space without work" by Elie Cohen-Gewerc, and the research "Dark tourism as controversial leisure enterprise in Israeli TV satire shows" by Liat Steir-Livny.

- The third part "Consuming leisure, gender, and sex" includes Gilad Padva and Sigal Barak-Brandes' research "Naked leisure: recreational and domesticated male bodies in an Israeli home design campaign"; the research "Playboy as repressive leisure: feminists confronting Israeli patriarchy" by Michal Zeevi and Esther Hertzog; and the research "Consumption practice: uniformed yet unique? Finding individuality within conformist consumer culture" by Tali Hayosh and Rakefet Erlich Ron.

- The fourth part "Leisure communities and communal hobbies" includes Sima Zach and Assaf Lev's research "Long-distance running as a  serious leisure activity and its influence on relationships within the family"; the research "'It's always up to the parents': parents' initiatives in response to the challenge of leisure time for children with disabilities" by Hagit Klibanski, Orit Gilor, and Drora Kfir; and Shahar Gindi and Avital Pilpel's research "The sabra, the genius, and the chess player: a socio-historical understanding of competing narratives."

Examining leisure as a part of social, interethnic, physical, gendered, and sexual changes, the volume is a key text for scholars and students interested in leisure culture, Israeli society, education, cultural and media studies, and the Middle East.

* Dr. Tali Hayosh is an accreditation advisor for undergraduate and graduate programs, Head of "Tzvet – Best for Education" Program, in Beit Berl College, Israel. She is a senior lecturer and her research interests are leisure culture, consumption, and leisure education. In 2018 she authored two books about leisure (in Hebrew): Serious Leisure: Culture and Consumption in Modern Society and After the Bell: The World of Leisure for Children and Teenagers (the latter with Fadia Nasser-Abu Elhija), and also was a guest editor (with Meir Teichman) of special Issue of Mifgash on leisure culture of children and youth in Israel (in Hebrew, 2018).

* Dr. Elie Cohen-Gewerc is a senior lecturer and researcher in Beit Berl College, Israel. He was a member of the board of directors of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. The main issues he investigates are freedom and the human challenge of being free. He has written various articles and four books, including Serious Leisure and Individuality (2013), with Robert Stebbins.

* Dr. Gilad Padva is a film, popular culture, men’s studies and queer theory scholar. He is the author of Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture (2014) and Straight Skin, Gay Masks and Pretending to Be Gay on Screen (2020) and co-editor of Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture: The Phallic Eye (2014) and Intimate Relationships in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture (2017). He also publishes extensively in international academic journals, international collections and international encyclopedias. He currently teaches men’s studies and popular culture at the Program for Women and Gender Studies with the NCJW at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

*Routledge**| June 2020 | 214pp | ISBN 9780367818937 | HB | £120.00**
ISBN 9781003010661 | EB | £33.29**

*Price subject to change.

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