Betwixt and Between Global and Domestic Forms of Justice: The Israeli Case Over Time

Clara Sabbagh, Pieter Vanhuysse

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The article explores the theoretical and empirical links between global and social domestic justice and the ways in which these links are mediated by local heritages. Using Israel as a case study, we examine the links between macro-level globalization trends and domestic "spheres of justice" as evaluated by secular youth in mainstream Jewish secular state schools. We use two separate datasets: one covering 9,140 students in 48 schools in 1986 (hegemonic Zionism), and another covering 2,542 students in 24 schools in 2011 (globalization). We find that while neoliberal globalization trends present a considerable challenge to the foundational Zionist pioneering ethos, Israeli adolescents today do not unanimously embrace neoliberal principles of global justice. This suggests they are guided by complex beliefs encompassing both neoliberal and more domestically driven principles, creating co-existing and at times contradictory social justice judgment profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-136
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Justice Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This research was supported by THE ISRAEL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (Grant No. 568/09). We are thankful to Manfred Schmitt and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments.


  • Distributive rules
  • Global pluralism
  • Learning opportunities
  • Macro-micro links
  • Political sociology
  • Spheres of justice
  • Walzer
  • Youth and justice
  • Youth social attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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