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Can Academics Change the World?
An Israeli Anthropologist's Testimony on the Rise and Fall of a Protest Movement on Campus
214 pages, 3 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-698-2 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (May 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-699-9 eBook
“…a contribution to the understanding of contemporary Israeli society and an example of academic, not least anthropological, engagement with public affairs” • Ulf Hannerz, University of Stockholm
“This book is interesting at least in three ways: it gives insight into the fraught political/ideological situation in Israel; it shows how academics can make a difference (and where they fail to do so); and it gives a portrait of a prominent Israeli anthropologist’s intellectual and political itinerary.” • Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo
Moshe Shokeid narrates his experiences as a member of AD KAN (NO MORE), a protest movement of Israeli academics at Tel Aviv University, who fought against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, founded during the first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993). However, since the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the later obliteration of the Oslo accord, public manifestations of dissent on Israeli campuses have been remarkably mute. This chronicle of AD KAN is explored in view of the ongoing theoretical discourse on the role of the intellectual in society and is compared with other account of academic involvement in different countries during periods of acute political conflict.
Moshe Shokeid is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. His major publications include Children of Circumstances (1988, Cornell), A Gay Synagogue in New York (1995, Columbia), and Three Jewish Journeys through an Anthropologist's Lens (2009, Academic Studies Press).