Population genetics in Israel in the 1950s: The unconscious internalization of ideology

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This essay describes the effects of Zionist ideology on research into human population genetics carried out in Israel during the 1950s and early 1960s. I argue that the internalization of the dominant Zionist narrative is reflected in the articles that were written by Israeli geneticists and physicians during these years. My claim is based on a comparison of articles about human population genetics written and published by Israeli scientists between 1951 and 1963 with similar articles written by non-Israelis. The comparison reveals that during this period the Israeli human geneticists and physicians emphasized the sociological and historical aspects of their research and used their work, among other things, as a vehicle for establishing a national identity and confirming the Zionist narrative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-655
Number of pages25
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

RAMBI publications

  • Medicine -- Israel
  • Medical care -- Israel
  • Jews -- Medicine -- History -- 1945-
  • Judaism and science -- History -- 1945-
  • Israel -- History


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