Agency of preservation or change: ultra-Orthodox educated women in the field of employment

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Abstract

Within the last two decades, significant changes have been taking place in ultra-Orthodox society in Israel regarding higher education and entry into the workforce. This study examines the socio-religious identity of educated ultra-Orthodox women in light of their entry into the workforce. Findings show that although these women are leading a process of academic and occupational changes in the ultra-Orthodox community, they actually function as agents of preservation, and attest to a rise in their level of religiosity, despite the changes in their lives. Most of them continue to maintain the core values of Ultra-Orthodox society, especially the ideal of a ‘society of scholars’. They do reveal some openness towards the world, but in a limited and controlled manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-250
Number of pages22
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Higher education
  • employment
  • religious behavior
  • ultra-Orthodox society
  • women

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