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Eyal Ben-Ari

e-mail: mseba@mscc.huji.ac.il
Title: Professor
Born 1953, Jerusalem; Ph.D. 1984, Univ. of Cambridge.  

Research interests:

  • Japanese culture and society

  • Early childhood education in Japan

  • Social and cultural aspects of the military

  • The anthropology of organizations

  • The sociology of anthropology


Selected publications:


  • 1998 Mastering Soldiers: Conflict, Emotions and the Enemy in an Israeli Military Unit. Oxford: Berghahn Books.  

  • 2000, Ed. (with John Clammer) Japan in Singapore: Cultural Presences. London: Curzon Press

  • 2000, Ed. (with Edna Lomsky-Feder) The Military and Militarism in Israeli Society. Albany: State University of New York Press.

  • 2000, Ed. (with Daniel Maman and Zeev Rosenhek) War, Politics and Society in Israel: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.

  • 2005. Jan van Bremen, Eyal Ben-Ari and Farid Al-Atas (eds) Anthropologies of Asia: Anthropologies in Asia. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

  • 2005. Timothy Tsu, Jan van Bremen and Eyal Ben-Ari (eds) Perspectives on Social Memory in Japan. London: Paul Norbury.

  • 2005. Burkhard Schnepel and Eyal Ben-Ari (eds) Toward an Anthropology of the Night. Paideuma.


  • 2005 Eyal Ben-Ari Formal Caring Alternatives: Kindergartens and Day-Care Centers. In Jennifer Robertson (ed.): A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. Pp. 247-60.

  • 2005 Liora Sion and Eyal Ben-Ari “Hungry, Weary and Horny”: Joking and Jesting Among Israel’s Combat Reserves. Israel Affairs 11(4) 656-72

  • 2005 Eyal Ben-Ari A “Good” Military Death: Cultural Scripts, Organizational Experts and Contemporary Armed Forces. Armed Forces and Society. 31(4) 651-64.

  • 2005 Neta Bar and Eyal Ben-Ari Israeli Snipers in the Al-Aqsa Intifada: Killing, Humanity and Lived Experience. Third World Quarterly 26(1): 133-52.

  • 2005 Nurit Stadler, Eyal Ben-Ari and Einat Mesterman Terror, Aid and Organization: The Haredi Disaster Victim Identification Teams (“ZAKA”) in Israel. The Anthropological Quarterly 78 (3): 619-651.

  • 2004 Eyal; Ben-Ari Emotional Control, Violence and Soldiering: A Case Study from the Israeli Military. In Myrdene Anderson (ed) The Cultural Shaping of Violence. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press. Pp. 165-178.

  • 2004 Wolfram Manzenreiter and Eyal Ben-Ari "Leisure and Consumer Culture". In Josef Kreiner, Hans-Dieter Vulschleger and Ulrich Mohwald (eds.): Modern Japanese Society: A Handbook. Leiden: Brill. Pp. 489-524.

  • 2003 Daniel Maman, Zeev Rosenhek and Eyal Ben-Ari “The Study of War and the Military in Israel: An Empirical Investigation and Reflective Critique.” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 35: 461-84.

  • 2003 Nurit Stadler and Eyal Ben-Ari 2003 “Other Worldly Soldiers? Ultra-Orthodox Views of Military Service in Contemporary Israel”. Israel Affairs, 9(4): 17-48

  • 2002 (with Sabine Fruhstuck) ““Now We Show It All!” Normalization and the Management of Violence in Japan’s Armed Forces.” Journal of Japanese Studies 28(1): 1-39.

  • 2002 (with Efrat Elron) “Blue Helmets and White Armor: Multi-Nationalism and Multi-Culturalism Among UN Peacekeeping Forces.” City and Society 13(2): 271-302.

  • 2002 “State, Standardization and ‘Normal’ Children: An Anthropological Study of Preschool.” In Roger Goodman (ed.): Family and Social Policy in Japan: Anthropological Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 111-30.

  • 2001 (with Daniel Maman and Zeev Rosenhek) "Military Sociological Research in Israel." In Gerhard Kuemmel (ed.): Military Sociology: The Richness of a Discipline. Baden-Baden: Nomos. Pp. 91-115.

  • 2001 (with the assistance of Galeet Dardashti) "Test of Soldierhood, Trials of Manhood: Military Service and Male Ideals in Israel." In Daniel Maman, Eyal Ben-Ari and Zeev Rosenhek (eds): War, Politics and Society in Israel: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Pp. 239-68. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers

  • 2000 (with Edna Levy-Schreiber) "Body-Building, Character-Building and Nation-Building: Gender and Military Service in Israel". Studies in Contemporary Judaism 16: 171-90.

  • 2000 (with Boas Shamir) "Challenges of Military Leadership in Changing Armies" Journal of Political and Military Sociology 28(1): 43-59

  • 2000 (with Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi) "A knock on the Door: Managing Death in the Israeli Defence Forces" The Sociological Quarterly 41(3): 391-412

  • 2000 (with Danny Kaplan) "Engaging or Building Walls? Managing Gay Identity in Combat Units of the Israeli Army" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 29(4): 396-432

  • 1997 Body Projects in Japanese Childcare: Culture, Organization and Emotions in a Preschool. London: Curzon. 

  • 1997 Organization and Culture in Japanese Childcare: An Interpretive Study. London: Kegan Paul International. (forthcoming)

  • 1997 (with Yoram Bilu) Grasping Land: Space and Place in Israeli Discourse and Experience. Albany: State University of New York Press.  

  • 1996 Body Projects in Japanese Childcare: Culture, Organization and Emotions in a Preschool. London: Curzon. 

  • 1996 (with Efrat Ben-Ze'ev) "Imposing Politics: Attempts at Creating a Museum of "Co-Existence" in Jerusalem". Anthropology Today 12(6) 7-13. 

  • 1995 (with Avner Ben-Amos) "Resonance and Reverberations: Ritual and Bureaucracy in the State Funerals of the French Third Republic". Theory and Society 24: 163-95.  

  • 1995 "Contested Identities and Models of Action in Japanese Discourses of Place-Making: An Interpretive Study". Anthropological Quarterly 68(4): 203-18

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