Devorah Kalekin-Fishman

Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
University of Haifa | haifa · Department of Learning, Teaching and Training

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Introduction
Devorah Kalekin-Fishman currently works at the Department of Learning, Teaching and Training, University of Haifa. Devorah does research in Sociological Theory, Qualitative Social Research. Currently we are promoting "Literacy in participatory citizenship" in schools. We are conducting an initiative in a primary school (grades 1-6). A monograph will report findings and indicate more broadly how partnerships between schools and university can be developed to further social education.

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The burden of this paper is to show how, despite a multiplicity of interpretations and a great number of conceptual critiques, alienation theory remains a valuable analytical tool in the social sciences. By looking at social reality in the twenty-first century with the theoretical apparatus derived from analyses of alienation, we commit ourselves a...
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In this chapter, one person’s failure to reach the highest level on the professional ladder is described as an indication of the interweaving of the socioeconomic realities of the university, the omnipresence of power, and the subjective adoption of roles and rules from inappropriate repertoires. The story is a theoretically grounded auto-ethnograp...
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In this insightful text, the editors reflect on contributions from scholars representing Bangladesh, Greece, India, Israel, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and USA, by showing how the majority of educational and social institutions in both developed and developing countries have failed to overcome the many barriers to an effective integrated system of...
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All changes in societies have a lot to do with educational processes, policies and principles. Thus far national curricula have been based on strong nationalistic undertones. However, cosmopolitan education has to be defined and valued differently. A question presented in this chapter is: How to manage in this most significant project in getting ri...
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Once absorbed into the Technion as a graduate student, Lea found that she had to deal with micro-situations that were completely new to her. In the immunology lab she was a novice and had to learn painstakingly how everyday life is conducted there, by the people in and around the lab and how to deal with them and with the peculiar equipment.
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Having spent several years at work learning the ropes, adjusting, and becoming familiar with, and to, other staff members, I was ready for a substantial change in my pursuit of expertise in the sociology of health. The prospective study of psychosocial and medical variables affecting pregnancy described in the last chapter had been carried out rigo...
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In this and the next two chapters life in the medical unit will be described from the point of view of the sociologist who joined it. The Department I joined late in 1982 underwent many changes, major shifts along the following years, and so did I. During my first years in the Department, my work included teaching, research and participation in Dep...
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While Lea was trying to learn how sociology could fit into the world of medical and life sciences, momentous changes were taking place in the structure, personnel and the work carried out within the Department. At the beginning of 1990, at a rather emotional seminar gathering, the Department’s founder and first head announced that he was leaving.
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Lea, having earned a PhD in sociology in an American university, returned with her family to Israel. Searching for a position, she applied and was accepted as a sociologist researcher to the Department of Family and Community Health established a few years earlier.
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A central principle of all history [is not randomness, but] contingency. A historical explanation does not rest on direct deductions from laws of nature, but on an unpredictable set of antecedent states, where any major change in any step of the sequence would have altered the final result.
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By 1993–1994, I had become familiar with what my immunology adviser called ‘the language of biology’. This meant acquaintance with the main topics that concerned biologists and the relevant specialized terminology, naming systems, components, and processes.
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When I studied the relation of pregnancy outcomes to social ties, I conducted a sociological analysis, and the gynecologist interpreted the medical outcomes separately. We worked in our respective offices, meeting only when absolutely necessary.
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So far we have related to the perception that trans-disciplinarity is a ‘natural’ requirement for the contemporary world where cognitive as well as territorial borders and boundaries are constantly being contested. Problems that arise in connection with globalization, capitalism, and the free market ideology require solutions from several different...
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‘Natives’ are people born into a particular polity in a delimited territory which may be defined as a country, a land, a region, or a province, among others. In his survey of Keywords, however, Raymond Williams (1976, p. 215) terms ‘native’ a word ‘which, while retaining a substantial unity of meaning, [is] applied in particular contexts in ways wh...
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Chapters 2 and 3 in Part I of this book examine personal constructs, scripts, storytelling and dialogues as meaningful human exchanges. There we (Devorah and Lea)present the correspondence where we shared ideas and construed events that were important to us then.
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The key word in the title of this monograph is ‘becoming’. We have been telling Lea’s story, a story of becoming a kind of researcher that she had not planned to be, and, moreover, becoming a kind of staff member that was new to her working milieu. Lea’s story can best be understood against the backdrop of the Department which also underwent dramat...
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The authors, two sociologists, discover, follow-up, examine, and make sense of the cross-roads where the social and life sciences meet, surprised by the emergent story which they simultaneously witness and document. Together, they focus on Lea Hagoel’s professional path as a medical sociologist fitting in with bio-medical scientific work patterns o...
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The concept of alienation has a long and complex history as it has been used in Judeo–Christian theology, Roman law, medieval concepts of insanity, German Idealism especially in Hegel, in the dialectical materialism of Marx, and more recently, in Frankfurt School Critical Theory and in existentialism. As adopted and adapted to different disciplines...
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Although it is often condemned as an imprecise concept, alienation continues to flourish as critique in contemporary philosophy, theology, and psychology, as well as in sociology. Historically originating in Roman law, where it referred to the transfer of land ownership, alienation has since been applied extensively to analyses of labor relations,...
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Everyday life has inspired much sociological theory and is now a recognized branch of the discipline. Here we trace evidence of the salience of everyday life in general sociological theory, look critically at theories specific to analyses of everyday life; then survey recent research. In closing, we look to the future of the field.
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BEYOND THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN 'MUSIC' AND 'NOISE': REPRESENTING SOUNDS Devorah Kalekin-Fishman Hearing is an unprotected sense. While one can choose what to see, to touch, and in many instances, what to smell, only 'technology' can screen out sounds. This does not imply that the interpretation of sounds or their representation is unambiguous. D...
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The classical formulations of Marx concerning alienation (objectification/estrangement) described in the 1844 Manuscripts moved the concept from Hegelian idealism to material conditions, the consequences of wage labor and private property. For Marx, when people worked for wages, they alienated their labor power, selling their labor as a commodity t...
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Everyday Life in Asia offers a range of detailed case studies which present social perspectives on sensory experiences in Asia. Thematically organized around the notions of the experience of space and place, tradition and the senses, cross-border sensory experiences, and habitus and the senses – its rich empirical content reveals people's commitmen...
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Most formative in my life were the moments that were strung together as my childhood and adolescence—in a milieu that was thoroughly multicultural. I had the great good luck to be born, grow up and go to school in New York. My parents had migrated to the US from a small town in the part of Poland that was occupied by Russia until the end of World W...
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This International Sociological Association Handbook presents and tracks the transformation of the societies and social relations that characterize the twenty-first century. The volume is organized around a conceptualization of three processes that are fundamental to the analyses of micro, meso and macro social relations: Conflict, Competition, and...
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The assumption that there is a break between what people think they are doing and how they are living, i.e. what is `really' happening to them, is the cornerstone of a sociological explanation of alienation. This assumption has been subjected to criticism, both from the point of view of quantitative researchers who ask people directly about their a...
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The sources for studies of alienation can be found in the theoretical explanations of modernity proposed by thinkers in the 19th century. Following on extensive changes in the processes of production in the 20th century and the ongoing digitalization of industry into the current century, alienation has taken on new forms, with a focus on the manage...
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The paper argues that sweeping proclamations about the effects of globalization relate to a world which is antithetic to that of real people. While, for example, politicians strive to meet what they 'know' to be the demands of socio-economic globalization; people contending with the problems such policies raise, deploy a repertoire of local knowled...
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Purpose – To show that, although it is not intuitively evident, it is clear that, for the researchers, studying alienation is one way of doing social science that contributes to making society better. Design/methodology/approach – Reference is made to early sociologists who developed theories that describe and explain the revolutionary effects of...
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Since its foundation in 1948, Israel has been undergoing constant change associated with the government policy of in-migration, the ‘ingathering of the exiles’ along with the efforts of the state to meet the challenges of a modern, globalizing economy. For a long time, the contribution of sociologists was in the vein of apologetics. They formulated...
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The three voices presented here are those of women teachers affiliated with Hebrew-speaking and Arabic-speaking branches of the Israeli educational system at different levels. Brought together when a curriculum on multiculturalism oriented to narrative as a teaching tool was implemented and tested in an in-service programme, each of the three had w...
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Developments in Personal Construct PsychologyA Sociological Dilemma: Establishing Linkages between the Person and SocietyCombining the Social and the PersonalSummary
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Throughout his life, John Ogbu worked untiringly to diagnose the educational problems of minorities, with the goal of remedying them. Although his earliest works propose a comprehensive anthropological approach, his last works seem to settle into exhortations to parents and teachers to put more pressure on (involuntary) minority children whose achi...

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