By Deborah S Bernstein
Developing limitations examines the contest, interplay, and influence between Jewish and Arab staff within the hard work marketplace of vital Palestine. it's either a hard work industry research, according to the break up exertions industry concept, and a case examine of the exertions industry of Haifa, the guts of financial improvement in vital Palestine. Bernstein demonstrates the impression of the pervasive nationwide clash at the kin among the staff of the 2 nationalities and among their hard work events. She analyzes the makes an attempt of Jewish staff to build barriers among themselves and the Arab employees, and likewise highlights circumstances of cooperation among Jewish and Arab staff and of joint classification fight.
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The most general level of analysis is that of Palestine as a whole, with its colonial government, Arab majority, and growing Jewish minority. The more focused level of analysis is that of the town of Haifa, in which both Arab and Jewish communities evolved and consolidated. And the most detailed level of analysis is that of specific industries within Haifa, in which both Jews and Arabs were employed. It was within these arenas that both Arabs and Jews worked out their different courses of development, usually veering away from each other, at times competing and conflicting, and yet at others times, they did find common causes.
I further expected the economy, and especially the labor market, to be an arena most susceptible to interpenetration. Resources of capital, commodities, and labor would be likely to move between Jewish and Arab economic ventures and lead to various forms of interaction, cooperation, and competition. Here too, Haifa was the most appropriate place to examine this assumption, because it was the main center of economic development in Palestine for the Jewish economic sector, the Arab sector, and for government economic enterprises.
The closer the actors were to the grass roots, the greater was their tendency to give priority to their immediate class interests and this included cooperating with each other in the same workplace. The closer they were to the organizational Page 8 leadership, the greater the tendency to give priority to national-political considerations, even to the extent of jeopardizing joint action with co-workers. I was motivated to embark on this study by the anticipation of far more direct contact and interaction between Jews and Arabs than the conventional model led us to expect.