Legal socialisation through literature in Israel’s education system

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This article offers a preliminary characterization of the legal discourse in literary texts written for children and taught by the Israeli general secular (Mamlakhti) education system since the 1950s. It shows that while for quite some time this discourse did not receive proper attention in educational curricula and textbooks, pupils today can be exposed to texts involving prominent legal elements and a deep-seated and critical perception of the rule of law as part of special enrichment programmes in the state education system. These paths give voice to those who call for local legal education and see a need to look current legal reality in the eye.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-773
Number of pages16
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • children’s literature
  • education system
  • law
  • legal discourse
  • legal socialisation
  • school readers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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