Heating-up the Aspirations of Israeli Arab Youth

Gad Yair, Nabil Khattab, Aaron Benavot

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInequality Across Societies
Subtitle of host publicationFamiles, Schools and Persisting Stratification
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; London
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780080473031
ISBN (Print)0762310618, 9780762310616
StatePublished - 2003

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Education
ISSN (Print)1479-3539


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