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Dressing Up: Religion and Ethnicity in Israeli National Dolls

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Maya Balakirsky Katz

Touro College, US
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Abstract

This article considers Israel’s national image both at home and abroad through the framework of Israeli costume dolls, looking specifically at the way that gender played a role in Israel’s national image as it travelled from domestic production to international reception. Initially, predominantly female doll makers produced three main types of Israeli dolls, but over time the religious Eastern European male doll triumphed in the pantheon of national types. Produced for retail sale to non-Hebrew speaking tourists by immigrant woman, the Eastern European religious male doll came to represent Israel abroad while the market pushed representations of the Middle Eastern Jewish woman and the native sabra child to the side-lines. This article examines the shift from the multi-ethnic collection of dolls as representative of the nation’s idea of itself to the privileging of the male Eastern European doll as representative of the normative image of Israel abroad.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10108
How to Cite: Balakirsky Katz, M., (2015). Dressing Up: Religion and Ethnicity in Israeli National Dolls. Religion and Gender. 5(1), pp.71–90. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10108
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Published on 06 Oct 2015.
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