Arab and Jewish youth in Israel: Voicing national injustice on campus

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    Haifa University (HU) is the stage for a prolonged social drama between Arabs (20%) and Jews. 86 students (38 Arabs and 48 Jews) were interviewed on their experiences of injustice. Three major differences emerged. For the Arabs, 92% of injustice took place on campus compared to 40% for the Jews. Arabs attributed injustice to discrimination (60%), Jews to the actors' personal characteristics (58%); the Arabs transformed injustice events into a political struggle for national recognition, identity, and narratives. The analysis intimates that Arabs' "social being" is developing through the staging of negative expressive acts, namely, respect/contempt and power/weakness. Thus actors at HU can stage social processes, and change sites of surveillance and injustice into places of reconciliation and coexistence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-66
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Social Issues
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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