Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In Jewish pursuit of justice: Using critical pedagogy and critical whiteness studies to teach Israel/Palestine in the United States
by Ingenthron, Elizabeth Tauba, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2015, 190; 3662885
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation accomplishes two primary goals: 1) according to the principles of critical pedagogy, articulate the Jewish position in the racially-structured world as understood through the theoretical lens of critical whiteness studies, particularly in the United States and Israel/Palestine; and 2) propose a critical pedagogical approach to teaching about this topic in a university setting in the United States. One assumption of this work is that we live in a world structured by heteropatriarchy and white supremacy and that there is no outside to these systems. I focus in particular on white supremacy and the problem of racial oppression in relationship with the Jewish people in the United States and Israel/Palestine. A second assumption is that education is one means of creating the possibility for liberation in our society. Education in itself will not effect liberation but through critical pedagogy we can become more accurately aware of the world we live in and the role that we might play in transforming this world. This is the third assumption, that is, there is no neutral position in this world. Whatever we do, we are participating in societal systems, institutions, policies and practices that either advance and maintain the status quo, or somehow challenge or alter this reality. Therefore as teachers and students we can choose whether or not to take accountability in whatever way that we can to co-create the world that we want to share with each other. A final assumption throughout this work is the critical pedagogical teaching that we make this world. In this dissertation, I speak from a Jewish perspective and consider the Jewish location within a world structured by white supremacy -- not just to know reality but to change it. Whatever our social location, there are actions that we can take to play a role in the transformation of the world. The classroom is one place where we can realize that this is so.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berling, Judith
School: Graduate Theological Union
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Education, Judaic studies
Keywords: Critical Pedagogy, Critical Whiteness Studies, Israel, Jewish, Palestine, United States
Publication Number: 3662885
ISBN: 978-1-321-76317-1
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