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Feminism, Family, and Identity in Israel

Women’s Marital Names

Authors: Rom, M., Benjamin, O.

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About this book

Women's inner struggle over their marital names reveal how they negotiate a specific identity location in each dimension of identity. This book tackles a complex sociological project of examining three existing theories, and will prove to be important for the study of Gender and Middle Eastern Culture.

About the authors

ORLY BENJAMIN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies at Bar-Illan University, Israel.   
 
MICHAEL ROM is Assistant Professor at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Reviews

"Using feminist theory and first-hand sociological research, Rom and Benjamin have produced a fascinating insight into a rarely studied but widespread sociocultural practice. They investigate when and why women do and do not change their names on marriage and come up with data on identity, family, and ethnicity that will surprise and inform you. You'll look at your society's wedding announcements with new eyes." - Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change and Paradoxes of Gender

"As Rom and Benjamin remind us, because most countries' family naming practices diminish women's identity, the international feminist movement fought hard and succeeded legally to give women more naming choices upon marriage. Strangely, however, women have not embraced this freedom. In this tightly argued and intriguing study of married women's name choices in Israel, these creative scholars explain why pre-feminist practices persist and what impact conservative name choice has on gendered power relations in society." -Shulamit Reinharz, Jacob S. Potofsky Professor of Sociology, Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and Director of the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

"This is a book providing readers with much knowledge about naming practices in society and their roles in defining self, identity, biography, and history. More importantly, it is a book about the power of naming and how conflicts about names among women and men have much to do with processes of subjugation as well as of liberation. With a point of departure in what the authors call "the cultural loading of the name," the book provides a multifaceted account of how women and men use different strategies in struggling to define themselves and their identities in contemporary Israeli society." - Irene Levin, Professor, Oslo University College, Norway


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rom, Michal (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Local Context of Identity Formation

    Rom, Michal (et al.)

    Pages 15-27

  • Naming Identities: Politics of Identity

    Rom, Michal (et al.)

    Pages 29-48

  • Israeli Ambivalence and Gender Relations

    Rom, Michal (et al.)

    Pages 49-56

  • The Appropriate Name

    Rom, Michal (et al.)

    Pages 57-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feminism, Family, and Identity in Israel
Book Subtitle
Women’s Marital Names
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Michal Rom and Orly Benjamin
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11894-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230118942
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10015-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28627-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 250
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