International Social Science Review

"HAGAR" is an interdisciplinary journal for critical scholarship. It seeks to promote a plurality of societal analyses, focusing on a view 'from the periphery inwards'.

Accordingly, Hagar aims to probe the flows, movements and tensions in the 'zones' between:

  • center and periphery.
  • power and subordination.
  • class, capital and labor.
  • wealth and poverty.
  • prestige and stigma.
  • local,regional and global.
  • state, minorities and individuals.

The journal's aim is to provide a platform where various scholarly traditions and disciplines can interact while investigating social, political, spatial and economic order. It is open to contributions that employ a variety of approaches - qualitative and quantitative, theoretical and empirical, conceptual and ethnographic. In particular, we are interested in connecting and engaging with several scholarly debates in, and about, non western settings and peoples, and in probing topics such as:

  • colonialism and post-colonialism.
  • culture, gender and identity.
  • democratization and mobilization.
  • ethnicity, race, religion and nation.
  • globalization, immigration and diasporas.
  • politics, power and hegemony.
  • socioeconomic stratification and polarization.
  • society and space.


Hagar include two regular sections:

"Open Space- Perspectives" which features shorter pieces, opinions, and critiques; and "Reviews", where recent books, films, exhibitions and events are reviewed.

Hagar is the only refereed social science journal, in English, published on a regular basis in Israel.

Hagar will periodically publish special issues around a central theme. We welcome the initiative of scholars to assemble and edit such special issues, which falls within the journal's aims.                             





















Hagar, who appears in the the Bible and in Islamic texts, personifies the journal's scholarly perspective. She was brought as a maid for Abraham's family and became the patriarch's wife and mother of his first Son. Hagar was expelled to the Beer-Sheva/Hijaz desert, but was saved by 'the powers'. She crossed several cultural and geographical boundaries, repeatedly moving between center and periphery. Her story reveals the multiple possibilities embedded in most social settings, while at the same time reflecting the overriding impact of power and hierarchy.



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