The Great Chain of Orientalism: Jewish Identity, Stigma Management, and Ethnic Exclusion in Israel

  title={The Great Chain of Orientalism: Jewish Identity, Stigma Management, and Ethnic Exclusion in Israel},
  author={Aziza Khazzoom},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • Aziza Khazzoom
  • Published 1 August 2003
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
This paper explores the role that orientalism has played in shaping ethnic inequality among Jews in Israel. Earlier works usually explain ethnic exclusion as a function of Jewish life on Israeli territory. Here, however, exclusion is located within an earlier history of a Jewish encounter with orientalism and Western European colonialism. It is argued that prior to their immigration to Israel, Jews the world-over had been stigmatized as Oriental. Through a complex process, they accepted this… 

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