Gender Identity, Nationalism, and Social Action among Jewish and Arab Women in Israel: Redefining the Social Order?

Citation:

Moore, Dahlia. 2000. "Gender Identity, Nationalism, and Social Action Among Jewish and Arab Women in Isreal: Redefining the Social Order?" Gender Issues 18 (2).

Author: Dahlia Moore

Abstract:

In the study this article explores, the meaning of gender identity for religious and secular Jewish and Arab women in Israeli society is examined. The study focuses on how Israeli women rank gender identity relative to other identities like being Jewish/Arab, being Israeli/Palestinian, religious or secular, of a certain ethnic group, and political identity. It examines the characteristics of gender identity and the attitudes that are associated with it. The analysis shows that the hierarchies of identities are different for religious and secular Jewish and Arab women, and that this is related to having different sociopolitical attitudes (e.g., Women's social and political involvement, social obedience, social influence). Thus, the hierarchy of identities and the sociopolitical attitudes of religious women indicate a more consensual acceptance of the social order than the hierarchy of identities and the sociopolitical attitudes of secular women, especially among Arab women.

Topics: Ethnicity, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Hierarchies, Nationalism, Religion Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel, Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 2000

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