Israeli Women: Collectivism and Individualism
Publication Date: November 1999
Author(s): Eetta Prince Gibson
Keywords: Women; Political Behavior; Culture; Israeli Jews
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.