The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.
Chapter 22: Families in Israel
Families in Israel
Is there a pattern, a form, or a structure of family that can be identified as uniquely Israeli? In what way is this “Israeli family” different from any other family in a similarly modernized, industrialized society? If there is a unique form of Israeli family, is it equally shared by all Israelis, or is it the dominant pattern among some sectors of the population and not among others?
This chapter provides a look at families in Israel. Following Shamgar-Handelman (1996) we contend that there is no single, distinct, unique “Israeli family,” but rather there is a diversity of family patterns and lifestyles.
Israel is characterized by a vast diversity in family patterns, manifested by a plethora of family ...