Multiculturalism as Reflected in the Linguistic and Semiotic Landscape of Arab Museums in Israel

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Abstract

Multiculturalism is respectful of diversity among individuals and communities in a society, allowing them to retain and express their particular identities and engage in egalitarian dialogue. This article examines how the multiculturalist approach is reflected in the linguistic and semiotic landscape of Arab museums in Israel. It focuses on a case study of the Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery as a window onto the sociocultural realities of Israel. The article's findings are based on an analysis of the linguistic and semiotic landscape elements of the museum space and a semi-structured in-depth interview with its founder. They attest to deficiencies in the process of retaining and designing the particular cultural elements for the Palestinian-Arab population in Israel, affecting the realization of multiculturalism and compromising egalitarian dialogue between the various communities.

Contributor Notes

ATHAR HAJ YAHYA is a Senior Lecturer at Yezreel Valley Academic College. His research focuses on minority groups—gay men and lesbians, people with disabilities, migrant workers, and immigrants—and the construction of their identities vis-à-vis mediated representations. His works include numerous papers as well as five books. The latest, co-edited with Sigal Barak-Brandes, is Feminist Interrogations of Women's Head Hair: Crown of Glory and Shame (2018). E-mail: atharhaj@hotmail.com

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