The Hilltop Youth: A Stage of Resistance and Counter culture Practice

The Hilltop Youth: A Stage of Resistance and Counter culture Practice

by Shimi Friedman


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For more than a decade Israeli society has been witness to the appearance of a new social group, the Hilltop Youth. In the years following the Israeli government’s disengagement from the Gaza program in 2005 and the subsequent destruction of settlements in the Gaza Strip, youth and young families have set up settlements on the hilltops of Judea and Samaria and have demonstrated violent, anti-establishment resistance to the state, the IDF, and the police. The appearance of the Hilltop Youth marks a new chapter in the narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The book studies the youth sub-culture and its ideological structure through an examination of its practices of protest and rebellion. It further explores how the extremist youth group presents a new structural process for border area development, as well as the effects it has on both the micro level—displaying violent and provocative behavior against the local society of the settlers—and on the macro level—against Israeli society. The Hilltop Youth phenomenon is examined through comprehensive ethnographic presentation of the daily routine and activities of the youth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498560948
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/29/2017
Series: Levant and Near East: A Multidisciplinary Book Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Shimi Friedman is professor of Sociology at Ariel University

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Hilltop Youth: Who, What, Where?
Chapter Two: Research in a Conflict Zone: Moral & Ethical Thoughts in Fieldwork
Chapter Three: At A Liminal Space and Stage: Theoretical Background
Chapter Four: Ahead to the “Tire Hilltop”: A Cultural—Ideological Framework
Chapter Five: Conclusion
About the Author

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