Biography

I taught at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Hebrew University for twenty-six years. From 2011 I established FEBA Research and Consultancy which is based in Jerusalem ([email protected]) and since 2013 I am a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinneret Center on Peace, Security and Society in Memory of Dan Shomron (Kinneret College).

I studied for my bachelors and masters degrees at the Hebrew University and completed my PhD at Cambridge University. In general, my work is rooted in anthropology but with a very strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of social life and culture. In studying and writing I have tried not only to explore contemporary anthropological and sociological issues, but have also endeavored to demonstrate how the use of social scientific concepts can contribute to a better understanding of cultures, social formations, behaviors and the meanings people use to make sense of their lives. I have worked and published with scholars from a large variety of disciplines to engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to social life and have worked with political scientists, cultural historians, social-psychologists, geographers, sociologists and anthropologists. Over the years I have also been active in organizing a selection of international workshops and seminars. In fact, the edited books that I have published with other scholars are based on workshops held in Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, and Denmark.

I have carried out research in Israel, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Israel I have studied various aspects of the Israel Defence Forces and with colleagues published a book on the ways the ground forces of the Israeli military have waged combat in the Al-Aqsa Intifada. In Japan my research has been on white-collar communities, early childhood education, and the Japanese community in Singapore. I am currently doing research on the place of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Japanese society.

I was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Anthropology and School of Business, University of Wisconsin, Madison; the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore; the Department of Japanese Studies, Hong Kong University; the Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University; the Asia-Pacific Research Institute, Waseda University and Institute for Research in the Humanities, Kyoto University.

Active in Israeli public life, between 2004-2005 I was Director of the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, participated in committees dealing with the Israeli military, and acted as a research consultant to the Behavioral Sciences Departments of the Israeli Forces. The most recent projects within which I have taken part are specially designated boards to discuss the structure of Israeli reserve forces and the system of compulsory military service, and numerous dialoging forums bringing Palestinians and Israelis together.