The Israeli response to extremism: the social sphere

Ami Pedahzur

in The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719063725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700303 | DOI:
The Israeli response to extremism: the social sphere

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This chapter focuses on civics education. By means of a historical and textual analysis of school curricula on the subject of civic studies in the State of Israel in the first decades of its existence, it tries to demonstrate that the State did not attempt to reinforce its democratic character but in fact took steps to weaken it. The education system of the newly born State set about the task of nation-building, to a great extent by means of underscoring particularistic nationalist qualities while banishing universalistic liberalist strains to the margins of the education curricula. In this fashion, the country inculcated among its future citizens dominant nationalist attitudes, which in many cases digressed into nationalist ethnocentrism. The chapter also looks on the State's response to the incidental ultra-nationalist repercussions of this policy.

Keywords: civics education; Israel; democracy; nation-building; nationalist ethnocentrism

Chapter.  14402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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