Settlers need therapy: Galia Plotkin Amrami, ‘“Denial or Faith?” Therapy Versus Messianism in Preparing for the Evacuation of Israeli Settlements’, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 46, 4, 2015, pp. 414-430
Abstract: This article offers an ethnographic account of the professional activities of mental health practitioners, employed by the state’s religious education system. I analyze various models implemented by practitioners for the purposes of preparing pupils for the state-mandated evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza and the West Bank. By focusing on the interaction between psychological and religious-national cultural frameworks I show how practitioners imbue familiar professional concepts with new meanings and create hybrid models of intervention.
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