Rituals of Exchange in the Social World of Israeli Beggars: An Exploratory Study


Rav-On 2 Street, Ganei-Tikva, Israel 55900.


Based on a fieldwork in a central bus station in Israel, this study offers a novel consideration of the symbolic interactions underlying processes of communication, social exchange, and status attainment among beggars. The case study presents a possible alternative to sociological analyses of beggary as “deviant activity” by drawing upon the constructs of social-world perspective and symbolic types.