To have a culture of our own: On Israeliness and its variants

Motti Regev

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Hebrewism, Globalized Israeliness and Mizrakhiut are examined as three major variants of Israeliness that struggle between them over dominance in the Israeli field of national culture. By discussing typical styles of literature and popular music associated with each variant, it is demonstrated how each is committed, albeit in a different way, to the belief in the idea of 'one nation - one culture', and to the construction of one, unique 'Israeli Culture'. Israel serves as a case to support a general argument about contemporary national cultures being a 'Bourdieusian' field in which invented tradition, global culture and sub-national/'ethnic' culture are the major types of positions, struggling between them to define the dominant national cultural capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-247
Number of pages25
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Israel
  • Literature
  • National culture
  • Popular music


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