Esther Hertzog

Esther Hertzog
Zefat Academic College, Israel · Behavioral Science

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Introduction
My research on the welfare policy in Israel relates in particular to "children and youth in risk". This subject emerged from my social activism since the beginning of the 1990s, when I became involved in struggles of parents, and especially accompanying single-mothers in their stuggles to prevent the loss of their custody over their offspring. Taking away children from their families and transferring them, with the courts' approval, to privatized welfare institutions or to foster families, is found as disastrous to the children, to their families and to the larger society. Thus, I have elaborated on this subject for nearly three decades and have published several articles relating to this social phenomenon, based on my social activism.

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For many gym goers, grunting in times of bodily exertion is perceived as a voluntary performance, a self-evident expression for which they can waive any responsibility. Drawing on a symbolic interaction approach, this paper provides a novel examination of grunting as a social phenomenon. It demonstrates the role of grunting as a social symbol and i...
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The paper explores the connection between machoism, militarism and sport in Israeli society in the contexts of long distance running and gyms. The paper is based on ethnographic research via participatory observations and semi-structured interviews conducted by male and female anthropologists in two studies. In the first study of the context of lon...
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The book is about the bureaucratic absorption of immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel. The 2 chapters that I have uploaded are in Hebrew. They discuss the characteristics of the social framework of the absortpion center in which the immigrants were put by the treating agencies. They analyze the construced closure of the fraemwork which is not realy c...
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This paper is based on a study of daycare center managers participating in a project aimed at changing the communal approach in early childhood education (ECE) centers. The project was implemented by the ECE system of Israel’s Association of Community Centers for ages birth to three, based on the Ecological Systems Theory (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). Th...
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The article discusses macho culture in Israeli gyms. It describes male trainees’ efforts to preserve their dominance, facing female trainees’ threat to undermine it. The article analyzes means, such as military icons, physical battles, and vocal expressions, used to convey male dominance at the gym. Two gyms in the metropolis of Tel Aviv were studi...
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This book critically analyses the sex industry in Israel, using feminist concepts and scholarship to elaborate on the power of prostitution to shape a world in which women are objects for fulfilling men's desires. A comprehensive collection of research-based essays that examine prostitution, trafficking in women and pornography from divergent disci...
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This paper is based on a study about managers of daycare centres in Israel, which provide early childhood education (ECE) for the ages of birth to three years old. It focused on the daycare managers’ professional and female identities. On the background of the relatively low educational standards in the centres, the study strives to make the manage...
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The article discusses the issue of old-age and ageism in the context of gyms in Israel. It strives to contribute to the approach that questions "old-age" as having self-evident existence. Ageism is perceived as contempt, hostility, patronizing and fear towards older people, based on age as determining social image, identity and status. The gym's fr...
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The article focuses on gender power relations at the gym. It is based on fieldwork in three gyms in Israel. The analysis suggests a typology of responses in relation to gender dictates and male dominance in Israeli gyms: (1) resistance by withdrawal was found mostly in women who gave up attending it and turned to look for alternatives to physical t...
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The article discusses ‘motherhood’ in the context of the Holocaust. It perceives motherhood as a socially, culturally and politically constructed and imposed role. The fate of Jewish mothers in the Holocaust is examined as an extreme example of the implications of the subjugating bond imposed by society and institutional practices upon women as mot...
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The article examines the welfare policy in Israel concerning 'minors at risk', mainly the cancellation of parents' custody over their offspring and their placement in welfare institutions. I suggest that the ideological discourse plays a major role in this context and terms like 'minor's well-being' are widely used for achieving public legitimacy o...
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This paper shows that the absorption centers, where the immigrants were concentrated, channeled the immigrants to the niche of "needy" welfare clients. The "absorbing" agencies justified their social control in the name of "professional help" for the immigrants' integration into Israeli society. Turning the immigrants into a category of needy peopl...
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Challenging the idea that fieldwork is the only way to gather data, and that standard methods are the sole route to fruitful analysis, Serendipity in Anthropological Research explores the role of fortune and happenstance in anthropology. It conceives of anthropological research as a lifelong nomadic journey of discovery in which the world yields an...
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Assuming that women's empowerment would accelerate the pace of social change in rural Nepal, the World Bank urged the Nepali government to undertake a "Gender Activities Project" within an ongoing long-term water-engineering scheme. The author, an anthropologist specializing in bureaucratic organizations and gender studies, was hired to monitor the...
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This article elaborates on the connection between hygiene/cleanliness and the bureaucratic control of Ethiopian immigrants in Israel. It discusses the role of stigmatisation in constructing immigrants' perceived backwardness and weakness, which necessitate guidance. The analysis also demonstrates the patronisation of immigrant women through inspect...
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In this paper I suggest that the Shoah (Holocaust) is heavily represented in the daily discourse in Israel. I shall demonstrate how a terminology that includes names and words like Hitler, Nazis, fascists, extermination and associations of brutality, dehumanization and others, related to the Shoah, is widely employed in daily encounters. The more e...
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Women's parties have played a significant role on the Israeli political scene since the beginning of the 20th century until the present. Moreover, women's parties had far reaching impact on both the status of women and wider society. However, the significance of women's parties has been underrated by academia and the media, and their potential pros...
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In this article,1 I discuss the ways in which the bureaucracy of absorption centres in Israel disempowered Ethiopian women immigrants by promoting a strict gender division of labour within a 'family unit' that reflected wider social structures in Israel. In their interactions with Ethiopian immigrants, the officials running the absorption centres e...

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