The Construction of Ethnic Identity in the Military—From the Bottom Up

TitleThe Construction of Ethnic Identity in the Military—From the Bottom Up
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKachtan, Dana
JournalIsrael Studies
Volume17
Issue3
Start Page150
Pagination150-175
Date PublishedFall 2012
Abstract

This article examines how ethnicity is created, maintained, and perpetuated in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Research studies on ethnicity in the Israeli army have examined ethnicity while focusing on the macro, emphasizing the way the structure and the policy of the army, alongside its reciprocal relations with the greater society and the state, maintain and reproduce ethnicity. It focuses on the micro point of view, hitherto neglected, which emphasizes the soldiers' experience and interpretation. Using a case study of two Israeli infantry brigades, the article demonstrates how ethnicity is produced, maintained, and reproduced by individuals through practices, behavior, perceptions, and observations.

URLhttp://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/israelstudies.17.3.150
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