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Labor Conflict on the National Stage: Metaphoric Lenses in Israel’s Teachers’ Strike

Miriam Shenkar and Oded Shenkar
Comparative Education Review
Vol. 55, No. 2 (May 2011), pp. 210-230
DOI: 10.1086/657973
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/657973
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Labor Conflict on the National Stage: Metaphoric Lenses in
                    Israel’s Teachers’ Strike
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Abstract

Teachers often embed their labor demands within a broader context to claim high moral ground and build community support. We analyze a recent teachers’ strike in Israel, looking at how the strike played out in a country where the challenges of globalization collided with a socialist legacy in the face of an existential threat. The analysis reveals how metaphors were used to shift the discourse from that of a labor dispute to an epic struggle that evoked existential, geopolitical, integrative, and comparative meanings. We compare the Israeli example to teachers’ strikes in other countries embedded in their respective contexts.

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