Professor of Sociology
Professor of Jewish Studies
Office: 205 Walker Hall
Hours: By appointment
Tamir Sorek studies social, political, and cultural dynamics that shape ethnic and national identities, particularly in the context of Israel/Palestine. Sorek combines both quantitative and qualitative methods in his work. In his book Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave (Cambridge University Press 2007), Sorek illustrates how a seemingly innocent arena like sports is in effect a powerful political sphere, which has implications for ethnic, religious, civic, national identification, and even political behavior. His book, Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs (Stanford University Press 2015), deals with the struggles over the representation of the Palestinian past in Israel. Currently he is writing a social biography of the Palestinian poet and political leader Tawfiq Zayyad.
- Sport, Society, and Politics
- Israeli Society
- Israelis and Palestinians
- Contemporary Sociological Theory
- Ethnic Conflicts in a Comparative Perspective
Areas of Specialization
- Ethnic Conflicts
- Collective Memory
- Un terrain contesté : Les dilemmes d’un football arabe dans un État juif, Albin Michel, 2017 (in French).
- Palestinian Commemoration in Israel: Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs, Stanford University Press, 2015.
- Nasionnalisme Palestina Di Lapangan Hijau: Sejarah Ringkas Sepak Bola Arab-Palestina di Wilayah Kekuasaan Israel Manna dan Salwa, 2010 (in Indonesian).
- Arab Soccer in a Jewish State: The Integrative Enclave, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- Identities at Play, Magnes Press, 2006 (in Hebrew).
- Messica, Fabienne and Tamir Sorek, Refuzniks israéliens – Ces soldats qui refusent de combattre en territoires occupés , Agnès Viénot Edition, 2003 (in French).
- Sorek, Tamir and Robert G. White. “Football fandom and National Pride: Racial Differences,” Social Science Research, 58, 2016, 266-278
- “Calendars, martyrs, and Palestinian particularism under British rule,”Journal of Palestince Studies, 43 (1) 2013, 6-23
- “Public silence and latent memories: Yitzhak Rabin and the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel,” Israel Studies Review, 28 (1) 2013, 78-97
- “The Quest for Victory: Collective Memory and National Identification among the Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel,” Sociology, 45 (3), 2011.
- Sorek, Tamir and Alin Ceobanu. “Religiosity, National Identity, and Legitimacy: Israel as an Extreme Case,”” Sociology, 43 (3), 2009.
- “The only place where an Arab can hit a Jew and get a medal for it: Boxing and masculine pride among Arab citizens of Israel”,” Sport in Society, 12 (8) 2009, 1065-1074.
- “Cautious Commemoration: Localism, Communalism, and Nationalism in Palestinian Memorial Monuments in Israel,” Comparative Studies in Society and History ,50 (2) 2008, 337-368.
- “Between Football and Martyrdom – the Bi-Focal Localism of a Palestinian Town in Israel,” British Journal of Sociology, 56 (4) 2005, 635-661.
- “The Orange and the Cross in the Crescent – Imagining Palestine in 1929,”Nations and Nationalism, 10 (3) 2004, 269-291.
“Palestinian Nationalism has Left the Field – A Shortened History of Arab Soccer in Israel,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 35 (3) 2003, 417-437.
- This article was published also as a booklet in Indonesian under the title Nasionnalisme Palestina Di Lapangan Hijau: Sejarah Ringkas Sepak Bola Arab-Palestina di Wilayah Kekuasaan Israel (Manna dan Salwa, 2010).
- “Arab Football in Israel as an Integrative Enclave,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26 (3), 2003, 422-450.
- “The Islamic Soccer League in Israel: Setting Moral Boundaries by Taming the Wild,” Identities – Global Studies in Culture and Power, 9 (4), 2002, 445-469.
- “Arab Soccer in Israel and the Contest over its Meanings,” (in Hebrew),Ha-Mizrach he-Hadash, 43, 2002, pp. 157-176.
- “Palestinian Nationalism in the 1940’s: The Sports Column as an Identity Agent,” (in Hebrew), Zmanim, Spring 2000 (70), pp. 15-25.
Chapters in Books
- “Sport, Palestine, and Israel”, in: Blackwell Companion to Sport, edited by David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington, Routledge, 2010, 113-129.
- “The changing patterns of disciplining Palestinian national memory in Israel”, in: States of Exception, Surveillance and Population Management: The Case of Israel/Palestine, edited by Elia Zuriek, David Lyon, and Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Blackwell, 2013, 257-269.
“Why did Beit-She’an let Beitar win? Ethnic solidarity, sports ethic,and national ideology,” in: Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 23, edited by Jonathan Frankel, Peter Medding, Eli Lederhendler, and Ezra Mendelsohn, Oxford University Press, 2009, 128-141.
- An Arabic version of this article was published in: Qadaya Israiliya, issue no. 43-44, 2012, 54-67
- “Kimmerling, Baruch,” Entry in Biographical Encyclopedie of the Modern Middle East and North Africa 454-456.
- “Arab soccer in a Jewish State, “Jews, Sports and the Rites of Citizenship , edited by Jack Kugelmass, University of Illinois Press, 2006, 159-172.
- “Palestinian Sports in Historical Perspective,” (in Hebrew), in: Body Culture and Sports in Eretz-Yisra’el in the 20 th century (Idan series), Edited by Haim Kaufman and Hagai Harif, Yad Ben-Zvi, 2002, 434-452.
Solicited Articles in Journals
- Le sport en Israël-Palestine : un conflit désamorcé ? Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps, no. 106, 2012, 47-52 (in French).
“Soccer Fandom and Citizenship in Israel,” Middle East Report, 245 (Winter 2007), 20-25.
- A Turkish translation of this article can be found here.
- “The sports column as a site of Palestinian nationalism in the 1940’s”, Israel Affairs ,special issue: Sports and Society in Israel/Palestine, edited by Amir Ben Porat and Yair Galili, 13 (3), 2007, 605-616.
- “Threatened Masculinities and Ethnicity in Israeli Soccer,” in: Scholar and Feminist Online, 4 (3), 2006.
- “Window of Opportunity in the National Stadium,” (in Hebrew) in: Panim , 25 (Summer 2003), 74-81.
- “Memory and Identity: The Land Day Monument ,” in ISIM Newsletter (10), July 2002, 17.