Inhabiting two worlds: The role of news in the lives of Jewish and Arab children and youth in Israel

Dafna Lemish, Rotem Pick-Alony

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Abstract

This study investigated the role of the news media in the lives of Jewish and Arab children in Israel. A survey of 1657 children (ages 8-18), including analysis of open-ended questions, reveals that Jewish and Arab children in Israel live in two different worlds of news. They are exposed to different sources, stories, and interpretations; they take different messages from the news; and they hold to some degree different attitudes toward their roles in their lives. The news also seem to be more heavily integrated in the lives of the Jewish majority young people than it is in the lives of the Arab ones who treat it as more important to adults. If anything, it seems that the consumption of news serves mostly to contribute to separatism and further alienation of the minority Arab young people group from Israeli society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-151
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume76
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Arab
  • Israel
  • Jewish
  • Lebanon
  • children
  • minority
  • news
  • war

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