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Israeli Backpackers
From Tourism to Rite of Passage
Israeli Backpackers
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Chaim Noy - Editor
Erik Cohen - Editor
SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 268 pages
Release Date: July 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6497-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6497-7

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Paperback - 268 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6498-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6498-4

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Summary

Examines the backpacking trip usually taken by Israeli youth following military service.

In the period after their military service, Jewish Israeli youth customarily embark on a unique touristic practice: the backpacking trip. Combining sociological, anthropological, and psychological research—based on innovative fieldwork conducted with Israeli backpackers in Israel and abroad—this book depicts the complex relationship between the traveling youth and their society of origin. Via a perspective the editors term “outside-in,” we learn how social and cultural tensions and tenets, identities, fantasies, and preoccupations are acted out within a symbolic, touristic space by scores of Israeli youth.

“This collection is the first to chronicle this national pastime and to situate it within the broader context of global travel on one hand and Israeli society on the other.” — International Journal of Middle East Studies

“These studies touch on central issues in the study of contemporary global youth culture. They elaborate in illuminating ways how Israeli identity is reproduced and reinvented ‘away from home.’ In-depth, analytically rich, and lively, Israeli Backpackers addresses important questions in the fields of Israeli and Jewish studies, the anthropology of tourism, and the cultural study of travel and place making.” — Tamar Katriel, author of Dialogic Moments: From Soul Talks to Talk Radio in Israeli Culture

“This volume underlines the extent to which people carry their identities with them as psychological baggage on their journey. The differing reactions to being apparently freed of the constraints of everyday social contexts is illuminating, as in the development of rituals and structures to maintain an ‘imagined community.’ This is a major contribution to the debate on the formation, maintenance, and transformation of social bonds in mobile, postmodern societies.” — Greg Richards, editor of Cultural Attractions and European Tourism

Contributors include Lisa Anteby-Yemini, Dalit Bloch-Tzemach, Erik Cohen, Jackie Feldman, Ayana Shira Haviv, Darya Maoz, and Chaim Noy.

Chaim Noy teaches in the Department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Erik Cohen is George S. Wise Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the author of many books, including Contemporary Tourism: Diversity and Change.



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Table of Contents

Introduction: Backpacking as a Rite of Passage in Israel
Chaim Noy and Erik Cohen

1. Next Year in Kathmandu: Israeli Backpackers and the Formation of a New Israeli Identity
Ayana Shira Haviv

2. “Traveling Cultures”: Israeli Backpackers, Deterritorialization, and Reconstruction of Home
Lisa Anteby-Yemini, Keren Bazini, Irit Gerstein, and Gali Kling

3. Israeli Backpackers: Narrative, Interpersonal Communication, and Social Construction
Chaim Noy

4. Young Adult Israeli Backpackers in India
Darya Maoz

5. Young Israelis’ Long Trip Abroad, Backpacking in Asia and “Dwelling-Tourism” in Japan
Dalit Bloch-Tzemach

6. In Search of the Beautiful Land of Israel: Israeli Youth Voyages to Poland
Jackie Feldman

Conclusion: The Backpackers and Israeli Society
Erik Cohen and Chaim Noy

Contributors
Index



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