Public Engagement With Science Among Religious Minorities: Lessons From COVID-19

Lea Taragin-Zeller*, Yael Rozenblum, Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

37 Scopus citations


While scholars have highlighted how science communication reifies forms of structural inequality, especially race and gender, we examine the challenges science communication pose for religious minorities. Drawing on the disproportionate magnitude of COVID-19-related morbidity on Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jews, we examined their processes of COVID-19 health decision making. Survey results show that both religious and health-related justifications were common for personal decisions, yet a disparity was found between the ways social distancing guidelines were perceived in the general education context compared with the religious context, signaling the importance for inclusive models of science communication that account for religious sensibilities and state-minority relations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)643-678
Number of pages36
JournalScience Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2020.


  • COVID-19
  • health decision making
  • public engagement with science
  • religious minorities
  • science and religion


Dive into the research topics of 'Public Engagement With Science Among Religious Minorities: Lessons From COVID-19'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this