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ERIC Number: EJ1006163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Sorting Procedures in Enclosed Rural Communities: Admitting "People like Us" into Renewing Kibbutzim in Northern Israel
Charney, Igal; Palgi, Michal
Journal of Rural Studies, v31 p47-54 Jul 2013
This paper examines the attempts made by the renewing kibbutzim to maintain their way of life as much as possible through the adjustment of their gating mechanisms. In this type of a rural gated community, sorting procedures and admittance criteria of nonmembers are the most notable elements. Background material and interviews with informants at eight kibbutzim on Israel's northern periphery enabled us to outline the overt and covert aspects of these procedures from the gatekeepers' viewpoint. In the context of a segregated society, sorting procedures are maintained, reinforced, and challenged by locally-led and state-sponsored regulations. Our findings show how sorting powers allow kibbutzim to exercise tight control on their own behalf. To minimize foreseeable frictions and to maintain some recognized ethnic and socio-cultural fundamentals (middle-class, Jewish, secular), recruiting "people like us" and excluding others has become the accepted practice. Social enclosure is implemented and maintained not simply by mechanisms of self-selection but by careful monitoring this distinct territorial entity by the gatekeepers. In fact, their practices assist in turning a unique type of a gated community into a typical neoliberal gated community. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel