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Theocratic Democracy: The Social Construction of Religious and Secular Extremism

Nachman Ben-Yehuda


One social arena where cultural conflicts are played out is the media. This book examines more than 50 years of media reported unconventional and deviant behavior by the fundamentalist ultra-orthodox–Haredi-counter-cultural community in Israel. Haredi culture practices a “right of the people not to know” policy and under-reports infractions thus comparisons between Haredi and secular media tend to rely more on secular media. Haredi infractions have increased over the years and their most salient feature is violence. This violence is typically planned aiming to achieve political goals. Using su ... More

Keywords: theocracy, democracy, deviance, Judaism, Haredi, violence, media, culture conflict, ultra orthodoxy, politics, Israel, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734863
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nachman Ben-Yehuda, author
Hebrew Univeristy