From a Boss to a Leader? Transformations of Representational Leadership in the Arab-Bedouin Minority in Israel

Kassim Alsraiha

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Abstract

This article offers a theoretical perspective for understanding leadership of minority groups by exploring the unique challenges and strategies of formal leadership of minority populations. One challenge is to negotiate the tension between minority and majority populations. The second challenge is to transition from traditional leadership patterns to elected public leadership patterns. Ultimately, a new form of hybrid leadership is formed, wherein elected public representatives bridge these conflicting forces, and simultaneously represent the minority group as well as the state and the majority group. The Arab-Bedouin population in the Negev serves as a test case. Methodologically, the article is based on interviews with parliamentarians, mayors, and other elected public officials from the Bedouin community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-283
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arab Bedouin
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • leadership
  • local government
  • minority
  • minority representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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