Gallya Lahav, Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, reviews Foreign Workers in Israel: Global Perspectives. The book examines labor migration and its effects on national identity and democratic practices in Israel. It provides a detailed overview of the policy mechanisms in Israel and uses ethnographic evidence to draw conclusions about the relationships between laborers, employers, the state, and informal networks of ethnic communities and extended familial relations. Case studies include Filipino caregivers, Thai agricultural workers, Vietnamese restaurateurs and Sudanese refugees. These cases ultimately demonstrate the links between Israeli foreign labor policy and national identity.
Read the book review at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2010.00814.x/full