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OVER 3,000 VIEWS FOR “WRITING AGAINST IDENTITY POLITICS”

Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on academia.edu in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…See More
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The Heart at East Ceremony, May 21, 2013 -- Powerpoint Biographic Presentation

I am grateful to Dana Peleg for the translation from the Hebrew to the English, and to Ido Elkobi who prepared the powerpoint presentation for the Heart at East NGO coalition for cultural rights.It's attached in PDF format.SmadarLavie_PresentationEn.pdfSee More
Jun 1, 2013
Smadar Lavie commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Yes, your assumption is correct. In my Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures entry on Zionism I discuss the history of Zionist eugenics. The preferred baby was and still is Ashkenazi. See here:…"
Jan 30, 2013
Abraham Heinemann commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Would the theme of segregation amongst Israelis, particularly the the European and the Mizrahi, be playing a part in the state of Israel's sterilisation black Mizrahi (e.g. the ethiopian case)?"
Jan 29, 2013
John McCreery commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Smadar, as I said earlier, I have not been following the resistance literature closely. I am in the curious position for an anthropologist of studying people who are frequently smarter, more powerful and much better paid than I am: top advertising…"
Jan 10, 2013
Smadar Lavie commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, John. I differ with you about resistance literature. I think it's a sophisticated field of theory and ethnography. Why is it given primacy in social and cultural anthropology? That's another…"
Jan 9, 2013
John McCreery commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Smadar, I have to admit that I have not been following these developments in anthropology. One personal problem with this sort of thing is how to validate perfectly justified anger and reply analytically at the same time. Thus, for example, to me…"
Jan 9, 2013
Smadar Lavie commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"Thanks, John. Anthropologists today, at least those working with the US-European paradigm, insist that every subject must have agency and enact identity politics. Even if agency is docility, as in Mahmood's ethnography. I think this insistence…"
Jan 7, 2013
John McCreery commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)
"A powerful piece that is, for this comfortably well-off white male grandfather searingly painful to read. What, besides acknowledging the pain, is it possible to say? I do not know."
Jan 7, 2013
Smadar Lavie's blog post was featured

Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)

My essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain,” appears in the latest issue of American Ethnologist (Volume 39, Issue 4). Here is its abstract: Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—or what, arguably, can be seen as torture—might seem strange. But for single Mizrahi welfare mothers in Israel, somatization of bureaucratic logic as physical pain precludes the agency of identity politics. This essay elaborates on Don Handelman’s scholarship…See More
Jan 7, 2013
Smadar Lavie posted a blog post

Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)

My essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain,” appears in the latest issue of American Ethnologist (Volume 39, Issue 4). Here is its abstract: Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—or what, arguably, can be seen as torture—might seem strange. But for single Mizrahi welfare mothers in Israel, somatization of bureaucratic logic as physical pain precludes the agency of identity politics. This essay elaborates on Don Handelman’s scholarship…See More
Jan 7, 2013
Smadar Lavie commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Gaza and the Mizrahi Predicament
"Dear Keith, My heartfelt thanks for the time and effort you invested in seeing the long video. SL"
Dec 13, 2012
Keith Hart commented on Smadar Lavie's blog post Gaza and the Mizrahi Predicament
"Smadar, I think you sell yourself short with this lowkey introduction to your wonderful talk. I will try to encourage our readers to check it out and stay with it, for it is long. When she gave this lecture in 2009, Smadar was Hubert H Humphrey…"
Dec 12, 2012
Smadar Lavie's blog post was featured

Gaza and the Mizrahi Predicament

This is a recording of a long dialogue, followed by an audience Q & A, held at the Cork chapter of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign on January 17, 2009. The topic covers the position of Mizrahim within the Israel-Palestine conflict. It provides a good introduction to the dilemmas and predicaments faced by Mizrahim as Jewish Israeli citizens who have origins in the Muslim World. The talk also analyzes the reasons why the Israeli political center moves farther and farther toward the…See More
Dec 11, 2012
Smadar Lavie posted a blog post

Gaza and the Mizrahi Predicament

This is a recording of a long dialogue, followed by an audience Q & A, held at the Cork chapter of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign on January 17, 2009. The topic covers the position of Mizrahim within the Israel-Palestine conflict. It provides a good introduction to the dilemmas and predicaments faced by Mizrahim as Jewish Israeli citizens who have origins in the Muslim World. The talk also analyzes the reasons why the Israeli political center moves farther and farther toward the…See More
Dec 9, 2012

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OVER 3,000 VIEWS FOR “WRITING AGAINST IDENTITY POLITICS”

Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on academia.edu in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…

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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:12pm

The Heart at East Ceremony, May 21, 2013 -- Powerpoint Biographic Presentation

I am grateful to Dana Peleg for the translation from the Hebrew to the English, and to Ido Elkobi who prepared the powerpoint presentation for the Heart at East NGO coalition for cultural rights.

It's attached in PDF format.SmadarLavie_PresentationEn.pdf

Posted on June 1, 2013 at 2:14pm

Heart at East: The Coalition for Equal Distribution of Cultural Funds in Israel

On May 21, 2013, in Tel Aviv, I'm going to be awarded the Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque for my feminist-of-color activism, community leadership and academic scholarship. Heart at East is a coalition of 20 or so NGOs that aims to remedy the near complete lack of cultural rights and representation for Israel's majority citizenry, the Mizrahim.



The Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque was created as an…

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Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)

My essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain,” appears in the latest issue of American Ethnologist (Volume 39, Issue 4). Here is its abstract:



Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—or what, arguably, can be seen as torture—might seem strange. But for single Mizrahi welfare mothers in Israel, somatization of bureaucratic logic as physical pain precludes…

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

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At 8:32am on October 11, 2012, Justin Shaffner said…

Welcome to the OAC, Smadar! Good to see you here!

 
 
 

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