Diversity, Gender and Sexual Orientation

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Alone or with colleagues and students I have explored a large variety of issues related to the social and cultural diversity of the Israeli military. These explorations have been guided by the attempt to delineate the ways in which the armed forces have and are dealing with ethnic and national minorities, religious groups, women and men, and with homosexuals.


Danny Kaplan and Eyal Ben-Ari Engaging or Building Walls? Managing Gay Identity in Combat Units of the Israeli Army Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 29(4): 396-432, 2000.

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 and Edna Levy-Schreiber Body-Building, Character-Building and Nation-Building: Gender and Military Service in Israel. Studies in Contemporary Judaism 16: 171-90, 2000. [PDF | Download]

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

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, 2005.


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Gideon Aran, Nurit Stadler and Eyal Ben-Ari Fundamentalism and the Masculine Body: The Case of Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Men in Israel. Religion. 38: 25-53, 2008.

Liora Sion and Eyal Ben-Ari Imagined Masculinity: Body, Sexuality and Family among Israeli Military Reserves. Symbolic Interaction 32(1): 21-43, 2009.

Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari ”The People in Uniform” to “Different Uniforms for the People”: Professionalism, Diversity and the Israel Defence Forces. In Jan van der Meulen and Joseph Soeters (eds.): The Management of Diversity in the Armed Forces. Tilburg: Tilburg University Press. 157-86, 1999.

Eyal Ben-Ari with the assistance of Galeet Dardashti Tests 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, 2001. [PDF | Download]

Nurit Stadler, Edna Lomsky-Feder and Eyal Ben-Ari Fundamentalism’s Challenges to Citizenship: The Haredim in Israel. Citizenship Studies.  12 (3): 215-231, 2008.