Arab entrepreneurs in Israel form part of a traditional, yet peripheral, ethnic minority attempting to integrate into Israel's larger economy. This study, based on extensive fieldwork, focuses on the obstacles that these Arab entrepreneurs and new industrialists must overcome in their development towards industrialization. The research exposes a highly flexible entrepreneurial culture making use of a limited set of opportunities and resources. The work makes a strong contribution to comparative cross-cultural research and theoretical formulations on issues of ethnic entrepreneurship.
About the Author:
IZHAK SCHNELL is a social geographer in the Department of Geography at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. He is also head of Beit-Berl College Supreme Academic Committee. His major fields of interest are in social geography, the experience of space and place, and Arab space in Israel. His work has been published in Hebrew, English, French, and German.
MICHAEL SOFER is an economic geographer in the Department of Geography at Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and head of the Geography Department at Levinski Teachers College. He is currently involved in research on the industrialization and transformation of rural space.
ISRAEL DRORI is a social anthropologist in the Public Policy program and the Department of Labor Studies at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. His major fields of interest include organizational culture, industrial organization, and R&D. He has conducted research on development and social change in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and Arab and Druze settlements in Israel.