‘I Didn’t Know How to Be with My Husband’: State-Religion Struggles over Sex Education in Israel and England

Lea Taragin-Zeller*, Ben Kasstan

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Abstract

Sex education presents a major dilemma for state-minority relations, reflecting a conflict between basic rights to education and religious freedom. In this comparative ethnography of informal sex education among ultra-Orthodox Jews (Haredim) in Israel and England, we frame the critical difference between “age-appropriate” and “life-stage” (marriage and childbirth) models of sex education. Conceptualizing these competing approaches as disputes over “knowledge responsibility,” we call for more context-specific understandings of how educational responsibilities are envisioned in increasingly diverse populations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)5-20
Number of pages16
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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© 2020 The Authors. Anthropology & Education Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of American Anthropological Association

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Judaism
  • religion
  • sex education
  • state

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