Models of Israeli Social Analysis

By Eliezer D. Jaffe, Steve Zipperstein

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1981

The majority of Sephardim remain at the lower rungs of the socioeconomic hierarchy in Israel. The authors analyze the Sephardi-Ashkenazi gap in terms of sociopolitical explanations given by Israeli scholars over the years. The dominant model offered is that this problem can only be solved through the modernization of the Sephardim. The authors demonstrate that this model has been used for several decades as the rationale and formula for social policies and relationships between the Ashkenazi and Sephardi groups. The authors critique this problematic notion of "modernization" as currently applied and offer alternative modes of analysis in working to solve the socioeconomic gap. In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 58:1.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Policy, Community Relations, Social Issues

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 58/No. 1

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Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Jaffe, Eliezer D. Zipperstein, Steve. Models of Israeli Social Analysis. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1981:


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