Beyond a sense of obliviousness: elite education and national identity among Palestinian students in Israel

Dalia Halabi, Avihu Shoshana

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Abstract

Through interviews with Palestinian students in elite schools in Israel, we delve into the intersection between experiences of elite identities and national identities. Contrary to the conventional narrative of hegemonic elite education promoting apolitical attitudes, our findings reveal that Palestinian students, belonging to a stigmatized minority group, prioritize academic excellence alongside a strong emphasis on Palestinian patriotism and national identity. Furthermore, we uncover a heightened political awareness among these students, which they attribute to distinct practices and rituals within the school setting. This paper contributes to understanding how elite education intersects with the construction of national identity among minority elites. It offers insights into the experiences of minority elite students facing discrimination while also highlighting the emergence of a self-defined elite within this specific sub-group.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Palestinians in Israel
  • elite education
  • minority elites
  • national identity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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