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Zellig Harris From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism

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ISBN-10: 0262015269

ISBN-13: 9780262015264

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robert F. Barsky

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In 1995, Robert Barsky met with Noam Chomsky to discuss his work-in-progress, Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent(MIT Press, 1997). Chomsky told Barsky that he should focus his attention instead on midcentury linguist and activist Zellig Harris, who was, Chomsky modestly insisted, more interesting than Chomsky himself. Intrigued, Barsky began to research Harris (19091992) and discovered the story of a major figure in American intellectual life "sitting in a corner in the middle of the room"-part of crucial twentieth-century conversations about language, technology, labor, politics, and Zionism. The intersecting worlds of Harris's intellectual and political activities were populated by such figures as Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Franz Boas, Nathan Glazer, and Chomsky. Barsky describes Harris's work in language studies, and his pioneering ideas about discourse analysis, structural linguistics, and information representation. He also discusses Harris's part in the pre-1948 Zionist movement-;when many Jews on the Left envisioned a socialist Palestine that would be a haven not only for persecuted Jews but also for disenfranchised Arabs and anyone seeking a sanctuary against oppression-;and recounts Harris's debates on the subject with Brandeis, Einstein, and a large group of students involved with a Zionist organization called Avukah. And Barsky describes Harris's views on capitalism, worker-owner relations, and worker self-management, the legacy of which can be found in some of his students' writings, notably those of Seymour Melman. Barsky shows how Harris, as mentor, teacher, and colleague, powerfully influenced figures who came to dominate the twentieth century's political discussion-;thinkers as different as Noam Chomsky and Nathan Glazer.
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Book details

List price: $7.75
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 4/4/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Preface
The Man
Origins
Avukah
Frame of Reference
The Language Work
From Semitics to Structuralism
Structural Linguistics
Science, Math, and the Study of Language
The Politics
From Avukah to Zionism
Toward a New Society
From Arab-Jewish Cooperation to Worker Self-Management
Notes
Interview with Noam Chomsky, May 2009
Bibliography of Zellig Harris's Work
Index