Women in Israel

Race, Gender and Citizenship

Nahla Abdo


This unique text examines the development of an inferior second layer of citizenship in Israel for 'less desired' Mizrahi and Arab Jewish women.
Women in Israel provides a fresh, gendered analysis of citizenship in Israel.

Working from a framework of Israel as a settler-colonial regime, this important, insightful book presents historical and contemporary comparative approaches to the lives and experiences of Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and Palestinian Arab women citizens.

Nahla Abdo shows that no solution to the problems of the region can be found without changing existing racial and gender boundaries to citizenship.

Author Bio

Nahla Abdo is Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Among her recent publications are Women and Poverty in the OPT: Some Conceptual and Methodological Notes (2007), Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges (2004, co-edited) and Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation (2002, co-edited).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • 1. Women, State and Citizenship: The Israeli Context 
  • 2. Women in Israel/Palestine: The Relevance of History 
  • 3. Women and the Economy 
  • 4. Women, Education and Human Capital 
  • Conclusion


'Ultimately, the book is a call to envision a different kind of state where citizenship rights are based on equality.'
Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University

'Essential reading. A must, for any party, academic or other, committed to contributing intelligently to defeating apartheid Israel.'
Uri Davis, AL-QUDS University, Jerusalem/Abu Dis

'Nahla Abdo’s path breaking book systematically demonstrates how Zionist settler colonialism has created differentiated and unequal citizenship between Israeli Jews and Palestinians and between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim.'
Nicola Pratt, author of Women and War in the Middle East

'An outstanding example of "militant ethnography".'
Rosemary Sayigh, author of The Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries (Zed, 2013)


Publication Date: 7 July 2011
240 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848139541
Hardback: 9781848139558
eBook ePub: 9781848139572
eBook PDF: 9781848139565
eBook Kindle: 9781780328911

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