Conscientious Objectors in Israel
Citizenship, Sacrifice, Trials of Fealty
University of Pennsylvania Press 2014
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In Conscientious Objectors in Israel: Citizenship, Sacrifice, Trials of Fealty (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), Erica Weiss, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, examines the lives and choices Israeli conscientious objectors, those who have refused to perform military service for reasons of conscience. As an ethnographer, Weiss takes us into the the lives of two generations of conscientious objectors in a state that valorizes what she calls the “economy of sacrifice.” The tale of the Israeli conscientious objection sheds light on the nature of contemporary citizenship more broadly.