Perspectives of ultra-Orthodox children in Israel on risk and protection: The intersection of culture, religion, spirituality, and socio-political context

Yochay Nadan, Zev Ganz

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Abstract

This article explores subjective perceptions and constructions of “risk” and “protection” among ultra-Orthodox Jewish children aged 10–16 in Israel. Eight focus groups were conducted, with a total of 30 ultra-Orthodox children (boys and girls). Our analysis indicates that the children’s subjective perceptions of “risk” and “protection” coincided with four fundamental domains: the physical, the emotional, the political, and the spiritual. The findings highlight that—from the perspective of children—culture, religion, spirituality, and other macro socio-political contexts, in addition to gender and age, are factors that function simultaneously to shape the way in which “risk” and “protection” are constructed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-339
Number of pages15
JournalChildhood
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Children perceptions of risk
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews
  • context-informed perspective
  • culture
  • religion

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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