Issue 1e – Summer 2010

Preface

Preface

The online journal Mafte'akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought is edited and published by the Lexicon group at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. The journal, which is published bi-annually in two editions, Hebrew and English, is a lexicon in process. Each of its essays is devoted to a different concept, demonstrating...
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Ba’it (Home / Household)

Ba’it (Home / Household)

Ba’it–Home/House-Hold(/The Domestic Sphere): a territorial unit which is also an organizing unit. A space that contains and unites an array of functions and orders: the family and kinship,1 reproduction, private property, nutrition, and nurturing. Perhaps here, right at the outset, we should state that these are also the attributes of the state.
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Declaration

Declaration

he political significance of declarations tends to be implicit or parasitical, as it is usually the declared object that is considered important, and not the declaration itself. A closer look at the unique discursive task that it fulfils, however, suggests that the declaration is more than a rhetorical device and may also play an...
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Minoracy

Minoracy

When my son was born a few years ago, I was surprised to discover that he was actually they. This was not a biological discovery – there was most definitely only one child. Rather, it was a linguistic, or, more accurately, a cultural discovery.
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Place (Makom)

Place (Makom)

The Hebrew denotation for the word "makom" which I use for the subject of this presentation establishes it as “certain part of a space, region or area where a human being or animal is present or lives or dwells, or where a certain happening takes place etc.”. But when we photograph a place, often...
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State

State

“All states, all powers, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics or principalities”. This is the sentence with which Machiavelli opens The Prince,1 and it would appear to be the first time in a European language that the word “state” is used to refer to a form...
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Women Migrant Workers

Women Migrant Workers

Hebrew, as poet Yona Wallach put it, is a sex-crazed language. It is impossible to write about migrant workers in Hebrew without assigning them a gender. The masculine form, the supposedly unmarked gender, is often used as gender neutral. But since labor migration is becoming more and more feminized, and given that the case...
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About 1e / download full issue

About 1e / download full issue

Issue 1e, Summer 2010 Editor in Chief: Adi Ophir Co-Editors: Udi Edelman, Yoav Kenny, Itay Snir Editorial Board: Dr. Yishai Blanc, the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University; Prof. Yaron Ezrahi, the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Prof. Rivka Feldhay, the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science...
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