Negotiating national boundaries: Palestinian and Jewish Women's Studies students in Israel

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This article examines the intersection of gender and national identity in an Israeli university, focusing on the Women's Studies classroom. Taking into consideration the overshadowing effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we wondered how exposure to Women's Studies' egalitarian ethos and studying in a mixed Palestinian-Jewish classroom affects the feminist solidarity and national identity of young women students. In-depth interviews with eleven Palestinian and twelve Jewish Women's Studies' graduates indicate that solidarity between women of the two groups is built around women's issues, such as equal employment opportunities and reforms in the educational system. Considering the solidarity built around women's, as opposed to feminist, issues, it seems that national differences override the potential for a feminist solidarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-538
Number of pages34
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005


  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Israel
  • Jews and Palestinians
  • Nationality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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