The dynamics of ethnic inequalities: The case of Israel

Sammy Smooha, Yochanan Peres

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Three alternative trends of ethnic or racial inequality are formulated: diminishing inequality, rising inequality and stabilizing inequality. The last trend is hypothesized to hold for industrial ‘welfare states’ which lack both blatant discrimination against ethnic groups and systematic efforts to close the ethnic gaps. A comprehensive study of inequalities in income, occupation, education and power between Oriental (non-European) and Ashkenazi (European) Jews in Israel has shown that the thesis of ‘stabilizing inequality’ fits Israel best. The various areas of Oriental-Ashkenazi inequality are conducive to conflict not only because of their persistence, but also for being appreciable and discrepant. It is concluded that more radical means are needed if greater ethnic equality is desired.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1975
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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