Abstract This article returns to 2011 and the beginning of the Arab Spring in order to ask how the Israeli middle class came to draw similarities between their conditions and those of the Arab citizens who had risen against authoritarian rule. This question is also about the movement of ideas …Read More »
Gal Levy and Dana Kaplan
Gal Levy (PhD, LSE) is a senior teaching faculty & researcher at the Open University, Israel. He has held visiting appointment at the University of Kansas, and he has published on the intersection of education, ethnicity, religion and citizenship in both Jewish and Palestinian societies in Israel. His chapter on "Contested Citizenship of the Arab Spring and Beyond" has been published in The Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (edited by E. F. Isin and P. Nyers, 2014). In autumn 2017, Gal will be a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge University, working on a book manuscript on political activism and citizenship post 2011.
Dana Kaplan is a cultural sociologist, specializing in middle class culture in Israel. Among her research interests are the mediation of social and cultural identities. She has earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University and teaches at the Open University of Israel. Her current research projects include Israeli beauty: how class, gender and ethnicity co-constitute under neoliberalism, and the construction of new religious categories of identity. She has published in various journals including Sociology and Food Culture and Society.