Identity and gender in cultural transitions: Returning home from higher education as 'internal immigration' among Bedouin and Druze women in Israel

Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, Naomi Weiner-Levy

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Abstract

This paper examines the phenomenon of the return of Bedouin and Druze women from studies in Israeli universities to their homes and culture, focusing on the perspective of the psychological changes they experienced in their identity. Entering the university, located in the Jewish-Israeli space (in central cities in Israel), constitutes entry into a new and different cultural world that exposes these women to values and norms different from those of their culture of origin. The identity formed as a result of their encounter with and exposure to a world that was unfamiliar to them and the return thereafter to their villages entail changes in gender identity. Not only are they 'different' from the way they were before they left; they often feel like 'internal immigrants' within their own culture. A deeper understanding of these effects would enhance comprehension of the emotional processes and identity changes undergone by women from non-Western cultures who obtain higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-682
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Identities
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Bedouin
  • Cultural transition
  • Druze
  • Higher education
  • Identity
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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