Author Archives: Gideon Aran

Notes on Haredi Physicality – The hair






It is a commonplace in anthropological literature that hair on the head and face is an effective symbolic medium for expressing identity and changes in identity, especially because it is immediately noticeable and easy to manipulate. Hair is a familiar … Continue reading




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Gideon Aran – Sitting Posture, Native Israeliness and Ultra-Orthodoxy






American readers of a certain age will no doubt have come across this phenomenon at the time of the ‘flower children’, and it still may be possible to find it in enclaves of 1960s sub-culture, or among New Age holdouts. … Continue reading




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