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New Texts Out Now: Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture
Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Smadar Lavie (SL): In February 1999 I was a star academic, on the eve of becoming a full tenured professor at University of California, Davis. I had to pack two suitcases, the family dog, and my son’s cello, and flee with him from Berkeley to save our lives. We were both victims of domestic ...Keep Reading »
Smadar Lavie is a scholar in residence at the Beatrice Bain Research Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the Institute for Social Science in the Twenty-First Century, University College Cork. She received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and spent nine years as tenured Professor of Anthropology and Critical Theory at the University of California, Davis. She specializes in the anthropology of Egypt, the State of Israel, and Palestine, with emphasis on issues of race, gender, and religion. She authored The Poetics of Military Occupation (California, 1990), receiving the 1990 Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing. She also co-edited Creativity/Anthropology (Cornell, 1993) and Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity (Duke, 1996). Lavie won the American Studies Association’s 2009 Gloria Anzaldúa Prize for her article, “Staying Put: Crossing the Palestine-Israel Border with Gloria Anzaldúa,” published in Anthropology and Humanism (2011). In 2013, Lavie won the “Heart at East” Honor Plaque for lifetime scholarship and service to Mizraḥi communities in Israel-Palestine. Her most recent book is Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture (Berghan, 2014).