Between tradition and modernization: Understanding the problem of female Bedouin dropouts

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Abstract

This study discusses the problem of Bedouin girls dropping out from the public school system in the Negev region of Israel. Data show that this phenomenon results from a conflict between the modern Israeli institutes perception of modernity (which promote coeducation) and the Bedouin traditions that remain the cultural ethos of the girls fathers. Israeli institutions perception of modernity (enlightenment theory) aims to modernize the Bedouins according to Israels modern principles, thus revoking traditional Bedouin values (sex separation). This paper promotes a postmodern theory that calls for embedding feminine traditional values of local communities as a necessary process in the development of modernity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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