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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Tamir Sorek

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.
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Undergraduate Courses

  • Sport, Society, and Politics
  • Israeli Society
  • Israelis and Palestinians
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Ethnic Conflicts in a Comparative Perspective


Areas of Specialization

  • Nationalism
  • Ethnic Conflicts
  • Sports
  • 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).


Chapters in Books 

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