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Israeli Women: Collectivism and Individualism

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Publication Date: November 1999

Publisher(s): Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women

Author(s): Eetta Prince Gibson

Series: Working Paper Series no. 6, November 1999. pp. 173-182

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Politics (Political ideologies and movements)
Population and demographics (Women)
Social conditions (Social status)

Keywords: Women; Political Behavior; Culture; Israeli Jews

Type: Brief

Coverage: Israel


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 womenÂ’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 womenÂ’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.