Public Engagement With Science Among Religious Minorities: Lessons From COVID-19
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Taragin-Zeller, L., Rozenblum, Y., & Baram-Tsabari, A. (2020). Public Engagement With Science Among Religious Minorities: Lessons From COVID-19. Science Communication, 42 (5), 643-678. https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547020962107
While scholars have highlighted how science communication reifies forms of structural inequality, especially race and gender, we examine the challenges science communication pose for religious minorities. Drawing on the disproportionate magnitude of COVID-19-related morbidity on Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jews, we examined their processes of COVID-19 decision-making. Survey results (N=514) show that both religious and health-related justifications were common for personal decisions, yet a disparity was found between the ways social distancing guidelines were perceived in the general education context compared to the religious context, signalling the importance for inclusive models of science communication that account for religious sensibilities and state-minority relations.
Israeli Ministry of Science
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547020962107
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/310162
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