Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt

Mimi Ajzenstadt
Mildred and Benjamin Berger chair in criminology
Director, The Lafer Center for Gender Research and Women's Studies
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Research Projects:
Incarcerated Motherhood
The socio-legal construction of foreign workers' involvement in crime.
Ngoization of Civil Spaces: Civil Society, Transformation of Welfare and Women's Organizations.

Abstracts of Current Research:
Incarcerated Motherhood: The project examines the way motherhood is perceived and experienced by incarcerated females and prison personnel. Based on interviews with mothers incarcerated in the Israeli female prison, the study attempts to understand both the social-structural factors influencing motherhood in prison and the methods in which female prisoners create their own identity as mothers.
The socio-legal construction of foreign workers' involvement in crime.

This study follows law enforcement agencies attitudes and practices towards documented, un-documented and asylum seekers in Israel. It analyzes various variables related to arrest data. Utilizing the narrative method, it analyzes court cases of foreign workers that appeared before the court in criminal offences and examines the public and official discourse relating to this group. The construction of the socio-legal reaction to foreign workers' involvement in crime is situated in the wider political economic regime of neo-liberalism and its logic.

Ngoization of Civil Spaces: Civil Society, Transformation of Welfare and Women's Organizations

This historical study traces the origin and emergence of women's organizations that provide welfare services and their evolvement over time. It focuses on the transformation in the social and political roles played by these NGOs in the creation of civil society. The project is grounded within wider processes such as: the transformation of social movements and community based organizations into formalized NGOsand the concomitant NGOization of civil society; erosion of the welfare state within the framework of neo-liberal regimes and ideologies.

Recent Publications:

Edited Books

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and John Gal (eds.) (2009). Access to Social Justice in Israel. Jerusalem: The Taub Centre for the Study of Social Policy in Israel (Hebrew).

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Guy Mundlak (eds.) (2008) Empowerment on Trial. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, Nevo (Hebrew).

Book Chapters

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2002) “Racializing prohibitions: Alcohol laws and racial/ethnic minorities in British Columbia, 1871-1927.” In: D.E. Chunn and R. Menzies (eds.) Social Control and the State in Historical Perspectives. Vancouver, U.B.C. Press. Pp. 97-119.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Guy Mundlak (2008) "Empowerment on trial." In: Mimi Ajzenstadt and Guy Mundlak (in press). Empowerment on Trial.Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, Nevo (Hebrew). Pp. 3-55.

Gal, John, Michael Shalev and Mimi Ajzenstadt (2009) "Universal Take-Ups in the National Security System: An Empirical Examination." In: Access to Social Justice in Israel. Jerusalem: The Taub Centre for the Study of Social Policy in Israel (Hebrew). Pp. 187-224.

Ajzenstdat, Mimi and John Gal (2009) "Introduction: Access to Social Justice in Israel." In: Access to Social Justice in Israel. Jerusalem: The Taub Centre for the Study of Social Policy in Israel (Hebrew). Pp. 11-27.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Vered Ben-David (2009) "Access to Justice and the Internet." In: Access to Social Justice in Israel. Jerusalem: The Taub Centre for the Study of Social Policy in Israel (Hebrew). Pp. 341-375.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Ajzenstadt, Mimi, John Gal and Alon Shapira (2007) "Towards evidence-based policy: A systematic review of programs dealing with unemployment." Israeli Sociology. 9(1): 41-70. (Hebrew).

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2007) "The dangerousness of 'risk'". National Security. 75: 65-88. (Hebrew).

Ajzenstadt, Mimi and Barak Ariel (2008) "Terrorism and risk management: The Israeli case." Punishment and Society. Vol 10(4): 355–374,

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2009) "The relative autonomy of women offenders' decision-making." Theoretical Criminology. 13(2): 201-225.

Ajzenstadt, Mimi (2009) "Moral panic and Neo-Liberalism: The case of single mothers on welfare in Israel." British Journal of Criminology. 49(1): 68-87.

CV

Interests:
Criminology