Human rights education in israel: Four types of good citizenship

Ayman K. Agbaria, Revital Katz-Pade

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This article examines the involvement of civil society organizations in human rights education (HRE) in Israel. Focussing on the educational programs of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), as a qualitative instrumental case study, this article examines the conceptions of good citizenship embedded in these programs. Specifically, the article analyzes the educational programs’ goals, content, targeted populations, and practices. The analysis revealed that ACRI’s HRE model reflect four ideal types of citizens: citizen of a democratic liberal state, citizen of a participatory polity, citizen of an ethical profession, and citizen of an empowered community. These constitute a multilayered human rights discourse that enables ACRI to engage differentially with various sectors and populations, while still remaining faithful to the ethno-national parameters of a Jewish and democratic state political framework.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)96-107
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Science Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Civil society
  • Good citizenship
  • Human rights education
  • Israel
  • Palestinian minority

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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