Exacerbating social cleavages: The media's role in Israel's religious-secular conflict

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Abstract

This article challenges the traditional model of the media as a positive agent for political socialization. The increasing variety of news sources has reversed the role of the media, contributing to growing cultural fragmentation, rather than the unification of nations. One of the most volatile cultural cleavages in countries around the world is the clash between fundamentalist and secular members of the same religion. This work explores the role of the media in societal rifts through a study of the secular and religious press in Israel. The potentially divisive impact of the media has implications for other countries in the Middle East that are also characterized by religious-secular tensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-251
Number of pages17
JournalMiddle East Journal
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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