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Meir Amor, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Meir Amor, PhD


Ph.D. University of Toronto

Research interests

Meir Amor (PhD, Sociology, University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Concordia University department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Amor researches and teaches the interdependencies and interconnectedness of status equalization, politics of inclusion and exclusion and violence in a historical and a comparative frame of analysis. He argues that the contradictory tendencies created by citizenship and racialization processes played a crucial role in defining modernity, the modern state, nation and the nation-state. By focusing on the recurrent emergence of violent eruptions, a less conventional approach is suggested in which the dark sides of enlightenment ideas, modernity and democracy are highlighted. Amor’s research is focused on the diverse and divergent paths on the way to modernity of societies such as 15th century Catholic Spain, Ottoman Turkey, United States of America, Third Republic France, Second and Third Reich Germany and Uganda. Middle East history and present realities and especially the Israeli Palestinian conflict are also centers of his interest and research.


Refereed journals and peer reviewed chapters in books

2001 - "Assimilation and Antisemitism (“the Glory and the Tragedy”):
Comparing 15th Century Catholic Spain and Second Reich Germany " to
be published in Society, History and the Global Condition of Humanity:
Essays in Honour of Prof. Irving M. Zeitlin. Eds. Zaheer Baber, Joseph
Braynt. Lexington Books: Lanham, Md., U.S.A.

2010 -  "From Destiny to A Calling: Zygmunt Bauman on Public Sociology in A
Liquidated Modernity Era. Book review. Liquid Modernity. Zygmunt
Bauman. In The public Sphere. Tel: Aviv: Tel Aviv University. (Hebrew)

2010 - “The Mute History of Social Refusal in Israel Defence Forces (IDF).”
Sedek. 5(2010): 32-41. (Hebrew).

2009 - “Modernity, Citizenship and Racialization: Jim Crowism and Lynching
Campaigns in the Post-Emancipation Southern United States” in Racism,
Identity, and Justice: Dialogue on the Politics of Inequality and Change.
Eds. Sean P. Hier, Daniel Lett and B. Singh Bolaria. New Brunswick:
Fernwood Publishing. Pp. 107-122.

2007 - “Hérouxville and Québec’s Democratic Confidence” Our Diverse Cities: Metropolis. Number 3, Summer 2007. Pp. 70-74.

2005 - "Israeli Citizenship: Between A Multicultural and Inter-Cultural
Approach" Mizrachi Voices: Toward a New Mizrachi Discourse on
Society and Culture in Israel. Ed. Lev Grinberg, Pnina Mutzafi Heller,
Guy Abotbul. Masada: Jerusalem. (Hebrew). Pp. 325-341.

2004 - “Refuser le probable : Réflexions sur le conflit israélo-palestinien.
Traduction par Martine Béland et Jean-Philippe Warren. Argument:
Politique, société et histoire. (January). Pp. 115-129.

2003 - “Oppression, mass violence and state persecution: some neglected
considerations.” Journal of Genocide Research. (September 5/3):2003. Pp.

2003 - “Violent Ethnocentrism: Revisiting the Economic Interpretation of the
Expulsion of Ugandan Asians” Identity: An International Journal of
Theory and Research, The Journal of the Society for Research on Identity
Formation. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Pp 53-66.

2002 - “Israeli Citizenship: From Multi-Culturalism to Inter-Culturalism.”
Mizrachim in Israel: A Critical Observation into Israel’s Ethnicity. Eds.
Hannan Hever, Yehouda Shenhav, Pnina Motzafi-Haller. Tel Aviv:
Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Pp. 244-271.

2002 - “The Epistemology of Mizrachiut in Israel” Meir Amor and others.
Mizrachim in Israel: A Critical Observation into Israel’s Ethnicity. Eds.
Hannan Hever, Yehouda Shenhav, Pnina Motzafi-Haller. Tel Aviv:
Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Pp.15-27

1999 - Book review. Wallace L. Walter. The Future of Ethnicity, Race, and
Nationality. Westport: Praeger.1997. Critical Sociology. 25(1999):103-

1992- "The Fact of War." Walking the Red Line: Israelis in Search of
Justice for Palestine. Ed. Deena Hurwitz. Philadelphia: New
Society Publishers. Pp. 66-76.

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