The paradox of diversity in the Israeli academia: reproducing white Jewishness and national supremacy

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Abstract

This paper claims that policies designed to promote diversity and provide Ethiopian Jews with opportunities in Israeli institutions of higher learning create a paradox where, rather than diversifying student bodies and faculties in universities, they bolster the reproduction of national and religious supremacy of white Jews in the Israeli academia. Interviews with 50 Ethiopian students reveal that the racialized cultural indexes on which Israeli society structures its racialized attitudes towards Ethiopian immigrants have not been purged from university campuses. Instead, I argue, they continue to suffuse and shape those very programs designed to combat them by reinventing Jewish privilege and national exclusivity in Israeli universities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Racism
  • black women
  • diversity
  • higher education

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