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Leadership and politics amongst Israeli Yemenis

Cohen, Percy Saul (1962) Leadership and politics amongst Israeli Yemenis. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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This thesis deals with leadership and political allegiance in three Yemeni communities in Israel. The general question which is raised is this: what are the main factors which affect the form and functioning of leadership in these three immigrant, ethnic communities? The answer which is elaborated in the body of this thesis is as follows : there are two main sets of influences which are interrelated in different ways in each one of the three cases. The first set of influences derives from the internal structure of the community and from the structure of its relations with the wider society; the second set derives from conceptions of leadership, authority and allegiance, which have been moulded by the past. The first community, Shaarayim - now a Yemeni quarter of a town - is examined in detail with respect to its internal structure, organization and composition, its relations with other sections of the local community and the wider society, and its history; the functioning of leadership and allegiance is analysed against this background. The other two communities - Rosh iia'Ayin, a Yemeni township, and Zellafon, a cooperative village - which are of more recent origin than the first community, are considered in lesser detail, simply as suggestive cases for comparison. The social life of the Jews in Yemen 3 is discussed in order to throw light on the forces which have fashioned their conception of leadership and authority. Comparison of the three communities as they are at present, and analysis of the past, show the nature of the connexic, n between the two sets of factors, and demonstrates the extent to which, and the manner in which, circumstances can encourage or inhibit the persistence of traditional conceptions which influence conduct.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 1962 Percy Saul Cohen
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Sociology

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