Politics of Identities: A Multicultural Perspective on Israeli Society
The complexity of the Israeli society has various manifestations. Although it has been established as a Jewish state, demographic and cultural processes are changing and shaping the face of the Israeli society. Today, it is possible to speak of four “groups”: secular, national-religious, ultra-Orthodox and Arabs living side by side. These demographic changes raise important issues regarding contemporary Israeli identity: What is Israeli culture? Is there room for a dominant Israeli culture? Is and how much space should be given to a wide variety of languages and cultures? The course will focus on three main topics: politics, family and education, and popular culture, with each subject being examined from four points of view of the various tribes.