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Sibship Size and Educational Attainment in Nuclear and Extended Families: Arabs and Jews in Israel

Yossi Shavit and Jennifer L. Pierce
American Sociological Review
Vol. 56, No. 3 (Jun., 1991), pp. 321-330
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2096107
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Sibship Size and Educational Attainment in Nuclear and Extended Families: Arabs and Jews in Israel
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Abstract

We examine the relationship between number of siblings and educational attainment for three groups in Israel: Ashkenazi Jews, Oriental Jews, and Moslem Arabs. For both Jewish groups number of siblings has a negative effect on educational attainment. However, this pattern is not replicated for Moslems whose social organization is based largely on the extended family and the patrilineage (the hamula). Among Moslems the extended family plays an active supporting role vis-à-vis the nuclear family. While the size of the nuclear family does not affect educational attainment for Moslems in Israel, the size of the hamula does. This suggests that when the nuclear family draws on the support of an extended kinship, its size is less important for the educational attainment of children.

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