Heating-Up the Aspirations of Israeli Arab Youth: Toward a New Model of the Production of Minority Aspirations

G Yair, N Khattab, A Benavot

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Abstract

Heating-Up the Aspirations of Israeli Arab Youth: Toward a New Model of the Production of Minority Aspirations Abstract An empirical study of the aspirations of Israeli Arab high school students shows that in comparison with the low educational and occupational attainments of their predecessors, Israeli Arab high school students hold unrealistic, highly optimistic views regarding their future educational and occupational destinations, irrespective of their social origins. These findings contradict extant sociological perspectives, which view the gap between aspirations and destinations as improbable, and to the extent that this gap exists, as an expression of naiveté, ignorance or non-rationality. The puzzling gaps between aspirations and destinations among Israeli Arab adolescents led to a new model of the production of minority aspirations. This model suggests that high aspirations among minority youth are produced by converging expectations of local community leaders, school personnel and parents, who actively heat up future aspirations amongst young cohorts. The paper concludes with proposals for comparative studies of minority aspirations in different societies.
Translated title of the contributionHeating-Up the Aspirations of Israeli Arab Youth: Toward a New Model of the Production of Minority Aspirations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInequality Across Societies: Families, Schools and Persisting Stratification
EditorsBruce Fuller, Emily Hannum, David Baker, Regina Werum
PublisherAmsterdam:Elsevier
Pages201 - 224
Number of pages24
Volume14
ISBN (Print)0762310618
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Other: The book is included in series: Research in the Sociology of Education

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  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

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