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Theocratic DemocracyThe Social Construction of Religious and Secular Extremism$
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.001.0001

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Concluding Summary and Some Global Observations

Concluding Summary and Some Global Observations

(p.213) 11 Concluding Summary and Some Global Observations
Theocratic Democracy

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter frames Haredi deviant and unconventional behavior within symbolic processes of social change and social stability. The most prominent media reported Haredi infraction is violence. Most of this violence is planned and calculated and aims to push Israel into becoming a Halakhic state. This pressure is absorbed within the flexible structure of the theocratic democracy that Israel is made of. Religious and theocratic pressures are not unique to Israel. Such pressures characterize many other democracies and they challenge status quos in public arenas. Clearly, what we observe in a theocratic democracy is a cultural conflict. Globally, it is a conflict between secularism and religious fundamentalism, a conflict that a theocratic democracy can cope with, as long as it is not too extreme.

Keywords:   culture conflict, fundamentalism, public arena, status quo, theocratic democracy, violence

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