Juggling resistance and compliance: The case of Israeli ultra-orthodox media

Varda Wasserman, Ines Gabel

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In an attempt to examine how resistant discourses are constructed in a highly conservative society, this article presents four discursive forms of resistance used by an Israeli ultra-orthodox Jewish magazine juggling between compliance and resistance in its attempt to subvert hegemonic rabbinical authority. These resistance forms are: cushioning, discursive hybrids, explicit provocation and trivializing. Based on a qualitative content analysis of 229 articles published in the weekly magazine Mishpacha (Family), the study seeks to contribute to the existing literature on resistance in and around organizations by exposing the complex and heterogeneous nature of discursive resistance in authoritarian-religious environments. Furthermore, the paper offers a glimpse into the ways that a social group within a religious society resists authority though without shattering its ideological basis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-232
Number of pages16
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number3
StatePublished - 27 May 2019

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  • Organizational resistance
  • religion and organization
  • religious media
  • social change


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