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Haredi Male Bodies in the Public Sphere


Negotiating with the Religious Text and Secular Israeli Men


This paper explores the Israeli Haredi community’s social construction of the male body.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0121-0
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1074
Publication Date: Jun 18,2014
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 38
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0121-0
$38.00

This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, explores the Israeli Haredi community’s usage of the male body as a site of social control and surveillance, a bulwark against the non-spiritual world, and a preserver of what is perceived to be ‘unchanging’ religious values. Through ethnographic research, Yohai Hakak examines how Haredi young men construct their bodies in relation to secular male Israeli bodies and the gender norms of their closed community. This work is particularly recommended for scholars focusing on the anthropology of religion, gender studies, and contemporary Jewish studies.

This paper, initially published in the Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, explores the Israeli Haredi community’s usage of the male body as a site of social control and surveillance, a bulwark against the non-spiritual world, and a preserver of what is perceived to be ‘unchanging’ religious values. Through ethnographic research, Yohai Hakak examines how Haredi young men construct their bodies in relation to secular male Israeli bodies and the gender norms of their closed community. This work is particularly recommended for scholars focusing on the anthropology of religion, gender studies, and contemporary Jewish studies.

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Yohai Hakak

  • Abstract (page 5)
  • Religious Male Bodies and their Surrounding Societies (page 11)
  • Jewish, Israeli and Haredi Bodies (page 13)
  • Freedom from Bodily Demands or Submission to them (page 18)
  • The Body as a Site of Individual of Collective Expression (page 20)
  • The Culture of the Body of the Culture of the Spirit (page 23)
  • Passivity as an Ideal that is Passe (page 26)
  • Dangerous Encounters: Summary and Comments (page 31)
  • References (page 33)
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