Existing and alternative policy towards the arabs in israel

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An alternative avenue to preserve social stability is via effective domination over the minority (Lustick, 1979). As in consociationalism, the ethnic division in culture, identity, organizations and resources is retained. However, ethnic stratification and cultural hegemony are institutionalized in lieu of consociational compromise and partnership. The majority dominates the state institutions, superimposes its culture, takes for itself a disproportionate share of resources and promotes its ethnic interests. It determines the living conditions of the minority and tends to disregard its needs. Domination relies on two mutually reinforcing mechanisms: economic dependence on the majority that deprives the minority of any independent economic base, and political control that prevents the minority from organizing itself independently and resisting the regime (van den Berghe, 1973: 965). While the minority’s right to separate identity and institutions is acknowledged, institutional autonomy is withheld to avert cumulation of power. This method has proved itself with regard to blacks in the United States up until the 1960s, Catholics in Northern Ireland between the years 1921 and 1968, and the non-Amharic minority in Ethiopia for centuries. It has nevertheless failed in other periods and circumstances (e.g. the collapse of colonialism which was built upon domination).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolitics and Society in Israel
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781351498401
ISBN (Print)087855369X, 9780878559695
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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© 1985 by Israel Sociological Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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