The relationship between polygamy and family functioning in the Bedouin population in the Negev Desert

2016 Czasopismo Internetowe Nr   unpublished
The Bedouin population in the Negev Desert has experienced in the past two decades a sharp, rapid, and drastic transition in its reality of life in the State of Israel and in the not-easy conditions that the state of Israel has created. This population finds itself coping with difficulties of types it had not known in the past, searching for new ways of existence and survival at different levels and in various aspects. Polygamy, one of the phenomena characterizing the Bedouin population in the
more » ... population in the Negev, is a multifaceted issue, encompassing legal, social, cultural, and political aspects. The multiplicity of wives in Arab society is primarily an unacceptable social phenomenon, inextricably connected to discrimination against Arab women. This discrimination is multidimensional: on the one hand, there is social discrimination against Arab women by society through their perception as inferior, in the way in which the relations of control of men over women in society is perpetuated, and on the other hand, institutionalized discrimination on the part of the country's authorities that exclude Arab women from the social, economic, and political foci and weaken their status. This article contributes to the existing studies on the implications of polygamy on the Bedouin society in Israel with an original study of the relationship between polygamy and the functioning of the family as they are seen by teenage students in the school in the Negev Desert in Israel. Data has been collected with a Survey Questionnaire in (1997).