Deserving and privileged: the social construction of the right to housing in Israel

Ravit Hananel*

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Abstract

This article compares the struggle of two groups in Israel for housing rights. Following Schneider and Ingram’s model, the article analyses the influence of the social construction of each group ‒ residents of the communal rural sector as an advantaged group, and public housing tenants as a dependent group ‒ on its housing rights. The findings fit Schneider and Ingram’s model with one surprising exception: The ‘dependent’ group achieved significant favourable legislation in 1998, whereas the ‘advantaged’ group has not yet succeeded. The article attempts to explain this divergence from the model and the effect of social construction on housing rights in a given society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-149
Number of pages22
JournalIsrael Affairs
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Housing rights
  • Israel
  • public housing
  • rural sector
  • social construction
  • target population

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