Chapter 1. Left is right, right is left : Zionism and Israel's single mothers -- Chapter 2. Protesting and belonging : when the agency of identity politics becomes impossible -- Chapter 3. Take 1: The gende race essence of bureaucratic torture -- Chapter 4. Take 2: Ideology, welfare, and single mothers -- Chapter 5. Take 3: Diary of a welfare mother -- Chapter 6. The price of national security.
Weaving together memoir, auto-ethnography, political analysis, and cultural critique, Lavie equates bureaucratic entanglements with pain--and, arguably, torture--to examine the conundrum of loving and staying loyal to a state that repeatedly inflicts pain on its non-European Jewish women citizens.