Why do Ethnographic Fieldwork in Israel?

Israel has a rich socially diverse landscape from which to select fascinating and easily accessible research sites. Capitalizing on the diverse expertise of the Anthropology Department's faculty, potential fieldwork topics may include:

  • Political engagement and conflict management on both sides of the political divide

  • Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze identity, religious practices and inter-ethnic relations.

  • Personal and Collective commemoration including Holocaust, Naqba, Diaspora heritage, Pre-State Founding Era

  • Israel's burgeoning ethnically diverse music, art and film scenes

  • Gender identities and relations in traditional religious and secular communities

  • Israel's reproductive technology, medical practices, and policy as hub for global research on health and wellness. working on related topics

Photo by faculty member Tsipy Ivry
Photo by Faculty Member Dr. Nadeem Karkabi
Photo by Faculty member Dr. Carol Kidron
Photo by Faculty member Dr. Carol Kidron
Photo by Faculty Member Dr. Nadeem Karkabi
Photo by Faculty Member Dr. Nadeem Karkabi
Photo by Faculty member Dr. Carol Kidron
 
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Why Anthropology?

 

How does Anthropology study Culture?

Anthropology’s primary methodology is participant observation because it facilitates the precise and multi-dimensional documentation of complex phenomena. The ethnography that is written based on our participant observation tells the story of a group or a culture. Ethnography describes human behavior in a vital and fascinating manner in all its contradictions, vulnerability and charm.

What are the Benefits of Anthropology?

Anthropology is considered one of the primary tools with which we can understand diverse institutional contexts. Every institution that deals with multi-cultural audiences faces complex and fateful decisions about how to best meet the needs of rich mosaics of students, patients, customers, or consumers, who speak different languages, have different meaning worlds, and who lead very different lifestyles. More and more institutions are seeking answers to these questions and anthropologists are on the forefront – equipped with knowledge pertaining to diversity and multiculturalism.