Palestinian Society and Politics; The Sociology of the Palestinians

In This Review

Palestinian Society and Politics

By Joel S. Migdal and others
Princeton University Press, 1980
290 pp. $20.00
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The Sociology of the Palestinians

Edited by Khalil Nakleh and Elia Zureik
St. Martin's, 1980
232 pp. $23.50
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Two books on Palestinian society which reflect their differing origins and authors, one by Israeli and American sociologists, the other by Arab Palestinians. The first is the more scholarly and scientific, the second more impassioned and political. But one can discern some common threads, and in any event the appearance of all such studies helps to broaden knowledge of a people with which the world's leaders have found they have to be concerned.