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What Makes Women Sick?
Maternity, Modesty, and Militarism in Israeli Society
Susan. Sered



HBI Series on Jewish Women

Brandeis University Press
2000 • 206 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Women's Studies



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"Susan Sered offers insightful analysis and reveals an understanding of the complexity of Israel's socio-politico-religious dynamic." —Jerusalem Post

An eye-opening look at Israeli women's life expectancy and health.

Scrutinizing the Israeli military, medical, and religious establishments, Susan Sered discloses the myths, policies, and pressures that encumber and endanger Israeli women in their roles as soldiers, brides, and mothers. Framed by the question of why the life expectancy and health status of Israeli women is poor in comparison to women in other developed countries, What Makes Women Sick? conjoins medical anthropology, gender studies, and women's health to show how female bodies in Israel are controlled through public policy, symbolic discourses, and ritual performances.

Looking at issues such as disputes over women serving in combat, the rape of a former "Miss Israel," and government incentives for bearing children, Sered develops a passionate ethnography of Israeli society that resonates universal truths about women, power, and authority.



SUSAN SERED is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University. Her latest books are Women of the Sacred Groves (1999) and Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister (1994).






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