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Nationality and Ethnicity in an Israeli School
A Case Study of Jewish-Arab Students

ISBN 9781032090696
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

Nationality and Ethnicity in an Israeli School: A Case Study of Jewish-Arab Students explores the intersection of ethnicity, nationality, and social structure which is experienced through schooling and its effects on the performance of disadvantaged students.

The book sheds light on the ramifications of the multilayered ethnic-class identities and explores the role of nationality in the reproduction of a depoliticized ethnic hierarchy in school and society. It offers an ethnographic case study of one Israeli high school that adopted critical pedagogy in order to empower underprivileged students that belonged to second and third generation of immigrant Jews from Arab countries. It also analyses the ways in which educational gaps are reproduced through the dominant national culture and identity and discusses the educational consequences of multiethnic school settings.

The book will appeal to students, researchers and academics in the fields of sociology of education, education policy, peace education, Israeli studies, and critical pedagogy studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Analytical fields

Chapter 3. The fieldthe Kedma school

Chapter 4. Methodology

Chapter 5. The matriculation exams

Chapter 6. The students

Chapter 7. Art education

Chapter 8. The annual school trip

Chapter 9. The national Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers

Chapter 10. The IDF recruiting program

Chapter 11. Education for civic engagement

Chapter 12. Concluding remarks


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Dalya Yafa Markovich is a senior lecturer of Education and Sociology in Beit Berl College, Israel.


"There is no substitute for a rigorous and thorough qualitative research, if one wishes to gain deep and nuanced understanding of school cultural ethos in contemporary heterogeneous societies, aiming at forging core curriculum. Markovich's book grapples with this task most impressively. Viewing the school as one of the major sites in which national identities are iterated and reiterated, inculcated and contested, in nationally, racially, ethnically and culturally diverse societies, her book is sure to become a significant contribution not only to the study of the Israeli education system but also to the study of education systems worldwide featuring similar background conditions."

Prof. Yossi Yonah, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.