Exploring citizenship spheres of inclusion/ exclusion: Rights as 'potential for power'

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Ariely examines the logic of inclusion/exclusion involved in the allocation of social, political and cultural rights to minorities. He argues that the unequal allocation of rights is determined by the degree of potential power inherent in the various types of rights, and that rights with more potential power, such as political and cultural representation rights, challenge the dominant group's position more strongly than rights to social welfare and cultural autonomy. Minorities are included at a higher level in spheres of rights with low potential power, and at a lower level in spheres of rights with higher potential power. He uses the case of the Arab citizens of Israel to illustrate the thesis, reviewing institutional practices of inclusion/exclusion as well as the attitudes of Israeli Jews towards the allocation of different rights as reflected in three attitudinal surveys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-258
Number of pages18
JournalPatterns of Prejudice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • Citizenship
  • Cultural rights
  • Exclusion
  • Israel
  • Israeli arabs
  • Minorities
  • Political rights
  • Power
  • Representation
  • Rights
  • Social rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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