Israeli Women: Collectivism and Individualism

By Eetta Prince Gibson

Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, November 1, 1999

On a social level, women have had to choose between participation in the collective at the expense of their particular interests, or adopting a feminist position that would guarantee their rights as women but jeopardize their belonging to the collective. The various resolutions of this dilemma have far-reaching implications for women's individual and collective behavior, political organization and public policy. This paper aims to: analyze a critical phenomenon in Israeli society, with specific relevance for women, by presenting two examples of political activity; demarcate the spectrum of women's individualism/collectivism; explore some of the implications of this tension for Israeli society; and, finally, acquaint readers with some of the political activities in which Israeli women are engaged, especially at the grass-roots level.

Topic: Political Behavior, Culture, Women, Politics

Name of Publication: Working Paper Series

Page Number(s): 173-182

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gibson, Eetta Prince. Israeli Women: Collectivism and Individualism. Working Paper Series. Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women. 1 November 1999: 173-182.


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