Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Engle, Karen (Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology)

Keywords

Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Zionism has become more than just a social movement; it has become a politicized ideological construct, an institution, an extension of Israeli politics and is commonly viewed as the unifying facet of what it means to be Jewish in the North American Diaspora. Within the Diaspora, there is an element of Zionism contained in Jewish educational resources that cannot go unnoticed. It is my belief that the methods of education used within these Diasporic communities impacts the way that Jews perceive themselves, each other and their relationship to the conflict in Israel/Palestine, reinforcing Zionist ideologies, beliefs, and a sense that unwavering loyalty and support for the homeland is something worth defending at all costs. Reevaluating the significance of educational materials and images found within them, the ideological nature of language and discourses of power will potentially create a dialogue into the conflict, self-reflexive understanding, and perhaps hope for peace.

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