The gender blindness of good theorists: An Israeli case study

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In this article I use Swirski's book as a sounding board for a theoretical discussion about issues of marginality and gender in Israeli society. My aim is to discuss a number of issues connected with gender blindness that are prevalent in sociological studies about Israeli society. Namely: (1) What is the sociological manifestation of the phenomenon referred to as gender blindness? (2) Why is it that women are often excluded in theoretical analysis? (3) Why is it that women are marginalized either intentionally or accidentally? (4) What are the causes of women's invisibility? I explain why Marxist analysis of the ineptness of Mizrahim fails to capture the specific reasons why Mizrahi women are discriminated and oppressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-147
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003


  • Affirmative action
  • Gender blindness
  • Ineptness
  • Mizrahi women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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