Social welfare policy: Preferences of Arab and Jewish social workers in Israel

Idit Weiss-Gal*, John Gal

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Abstract

Seeking to understand the impact of race and nationality on the attitudes of social workers towards social welfare policy, this study compares the attitudes of Arab and Jewish social workers in Israel. This analysis seeks to determine whether the attitudes of the two groups of social workers diverge and, if so, in what direction. Based on a sample of 110 social workers, evenly divided between Arabs and Jews, the findings revealed both similarities and differences in the social welfare policy references of the two groups of social workers. Although both supported the welfare state, they also expressed a lack of enthusiasm to finance it and a degree of skepticism regarding its impact. In contrast to their Jewish counterparts, Arab social workers were more supportive of the welfare state but did not support policies that were perceived as unsupportive of Arabs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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