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The Gene and the Genie book jacketCover: Riding the Black Ship

Aviad E. Raz

Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology

Ben-Gurion University

Be'er-Sheva 84105

Phone: + 972 8 6472058

Fax: + 972 8 6472932




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My research focuses on religious/ethnic groups and identities in contemporary Israeli society, especially in the context of health and family studies; as well as on the social and bioethical aspects of medical organizations, medical sociology and cross-cultural bioethics, especially in regard to community genetics and patient support/disability organizations. I also conduct research in the fields of organizational culture, cross-cultural management, and globalization.


Selected Publications


NEW BOOK: Raz, A. and S. Schicktanz (2016). Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany. Berlin: Springer

2014. COUSIN MARRIAGES: Between Tradition, Genetic Risk and Cultural Change. Edited by Alison Shaw and Aviad Raz. Berghan Press

2009. Community Genetics and Genetic Alliances: Eugenics, Carrier Testing, and Networks of Risk. NY and London: Routledge (CLICK to see more details)

2005. The Gene and the Genie: Tradition, Medicalization, and Genetic Counseling in a Bedouin Community. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series.

2004. Organizational Culture. The Open University Press (Hebrew) [CLICK to see more details]

2002. Emotions at Work: Normative Control, Culture and Organizations. Harvard University Press (Asia Center).

1999. Riding the Black Ship: Japan and Tokyo Disneyland. Harvard University Press (The Council on East Asian Studies).















Articles (selection)


Lieberman, S., A. Lahad, A. Tomer, C. Cohen, E. Levy-Lahad, A. Raz (2016). Population screening for BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations: Lessons from qualitative analysis of the screening experience. Genetics in Medicine

Lieberman, S., A. Tomer, A. Ben Chetrit, O. Olsha, S. Strano, R. Beeri, S. Koka, H. Fridman, K. Djemal, I. Glick, T. Zalut, S, Segev, M. Sklair, B. Kaufman, A. Lahad, A. Raz, E. Levy-Lahad. (2016). "Towards population screening for BRCA1/BRCA2 founder mutations in Ashkenazi Jews: Proactive recruitment compared with self-referral." Genetics in Medicine

Raz, A; Jonia Amer-Alshiek; Mor Goren-Margalit; Gal Jacobi; Alyssa Hochberg; Ami Amit; Foad Azem; Hadar Amir (2016). Donation of Surplus Frozen Pre-embryos to Research in Israel: Underlying Motivations. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 5:25-32

Raz, A., C. Schües, N. Wilhelm, and C. Rehmann-Sutter (2016) "Saving or Subordinating Life? Popular Views in Israel and Germany of Donor Siblings Created through PGD," Journal of Medical Humanities DOI 10.1007/s10912-016-9388-2


Raz, A. (2015). "Uncertain prophecies: How practitioners negotiate the prognostic ambivalence of 'disability' in prenatal diagnosis consultations" Social Science & Medicine, 146:225-227

Inthorn, J., S. Schicktanz, N. Rimon-Zarfaty, A. Raz. (2015) What the Patient Wants: Lay Attitudes towards End-of-Life Decisions in Germany and Israel", Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy 18:329-340


Raz, A. et al. Making responsible life plans attitudes towards the use of genetic testing for late-onset diseases. In Genetics as Culture in a Consumerist Age, edited by G. Werner-Felmayer, S. Schicktanz, and B. Prainsack. London: Ashgate

Raz, A. I. Jordan & S. Schicktanz. "Exploring the Positions of German and Israeli Patient Organizations in the Bioethical Context of End-of-Life Policies", Health Care Analysis 22:143159


Frumkin, A,. Raz, A., et al. 2011. The Most Important Test Youll Ever Take"?: Attitudes towards Confidential Carrier Matching and Open Individual Testing among Modern-Religious Jews. Social Science & Medicine 73(12):1741-7

Rimon-Zarfaty N, Raz AE, Hashiloni-Dolev Y. 2011. When does a fetus become a person? An Israeli viewpoint. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 37: 216224


Schicktanz , S., A. Raz & C. Shalev 2010. The cultural context of patients autonomy and doctors duty: Passive euthanasia and advance directives in Germany and Israel." Med Health Care and Philos 13:363369

A. Raz, "A sociologist's view on community genetics," Journal of Community Genetics, 1(1): 3-10

Hashiloni-Dolev, Y., & A. Raz. "Between Social Hypocrisy and Social Responsibility: Professional Views of Eugenics, Disability and Repro-Genetics in Germany and Israel," New Genetics and Society 29(1): 87-102

Schicktanz, S., A. Raz, and C. Shalev. "The Cultural Context of End-of-Life Ethics: A Comparison of Germany and Israel." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 19, 114

Jotkowitz, A., A. Raz, S. Glick and A.Z. Zivotofsky. "Abortions for fetuses with mild abnormalities." Israel Medical Association Journal 12: 216-221

Raz, A. & S. Schicktanz. "Lay Perceptions of Genetic Testing in Germany and Israel: The Interplay of National Culture and Individual Experience." New Genetics and Society, 28(4): 401-414.

Raz, A. & S. Schicktanz. "Diversity and Uniformity in Genetic Responsibility: Moral Attitudes of Patients, Relatives and Lay People in Germany and Israel." Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, 12(4): 433-442.


Raz, A. Transplanting Management: Participative Change, Organizational Development, and the Glocalization of Corporate Culture, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 45(2): 280-304

Raz, A. "Eugenic Utopias/Dystopias, Reprogenetics, and Community Genetics," Sociology of Health and Illness, 31(4): 602616

Raz, A. "Can Population-Based Carrier Screening Be Left to the Community?" Journal of Genetic Counseling, 18(2): 114-119


Raz, A. & Y. Vizner. "Carrier Matching and Collective Socialization in Community Genetics: Dor Yeshorim and the Reinforcement of Stigma," Social Science and Medicine 67: 13611369

Raz, A. Behinderung, Genetik und Tradition Soziokulturelle Aspekte der Genetischen Praxis in Israel. Pp. 19-28 in Simone Ehm and Silke Schicktanz (eds.) The Influence of Religion and Culture on Biomedical Practice (German-English). Frankfurt: Evangelischer Pressedienst

Tsur, Y. & A. Raz. "The Right Blend: Integrating female cadets in the Israeli Air Force - an organizational culture perspective," Israeli Sociology, 10(1): 81-106, special anniversary issue (in Hebrew)


Raz, A. & A. Rafaeli. "Emotion Management in Cross-Cultural Perspective: 'Smile Training' in Japanese and North American Service Organizations," Research on Emotion in Organizations, 3, 199-221

Raz, A. "Communities of Practice or Communities of Coping? Employee compliance among CSRs in Israeli call centres," The Learning Organization 14(4): 375-387

Raz, A. & E. Blank. "Ambiguous Professionalism: Managing Service Quality and Efficiency in an Israeli Call Center", New Technology, Work & Employment 22(1): 83-97


Raz, A. "Alternative Forms, Same Emotions? Organizational Culture and Labor Relations in Contemporary Japan," Korean Journal of Industrial Relations, 16(1): 21-43

Raz, A. & J. Fadlon. "Managerial Ideology, Workplace Culture and Situated Curricula in Organizational Learning," Organization Studies, 27(2):165-182

Raz, A. & J. Fadlon. "'We came to talk with the people behind the disease:' Communication and Control in Medical Education," Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, 30(1): 55-75


Raz, A. "Disability Rights, Prenatal Diagnosis and Eugenics: A Cross-Cultural View," Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14(3): 183-189

Raz, A. "A Note on Inter-Viewing: Using Symbolic Interactionism for Interview Analysis," Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 28, 327343

Raz, A. & M. Atar. "Perceptions of Cousin Marriage among Young Bedouin Adults in Israel," Marriage and Family Review 37(3):27-47


Raz, A. and M. Atar. "'Upright Generations of the Future': Tradition and Medicalization in Community Genetics," Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 33(3): 296-323

Raz, A. "'Important to test, important to support': Attitudes toward disability rights and prenatal diagnosis among leaders of support groups for genetic disorders in Israel," Social Science and Medicine 59(9): 1857-1866

Raz, A. & M. Atar. "Cousin Marriage and Premarital Carrier Matching in a Bedouin Community in Israel: Attitudes, Service Development, and Educational Intervention," Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 30(1): 49-55


Raz, A., Atar, M., Rodnai, M., Shoham-Vardi, I. & R. Carmi. "Between Acculturation and Ambivalence: Knowledge of and Attitudes towards Genetic Counseling in an Arab-Bedouin Population in Israel," Community Genetics 193: 3-15.

Raz, A. "Āysha: Genetics Education and Community Engagement in a Consanguineous Arab-Bedouin Population in Israel," Health: The Inter-Disciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health and Illness 7(4): 32-56

Raz, A. & M. Atar. "Nondirectiveness and Its Lay Interpretations: The Effect of Counseling Style, Ethnicity and Culture on Attitudes towards Genetic Counseling" Journal of Genetic Counseling, 12(4): 313-331


Raz, A. "Status Disclosure: Genetic Counseling as an Arena for Negotiation, Studies in Symbolic Interaction 26: 41-61.


Raz, A. The Hybridization of Organizational Culture, Culture and Organization, 5(2): 235-264

Raz, A. Glocalization and Symbolic Interactionism, Studies in Symbolic Interaction 22: 3-16


Raz, A. & J. Raz. "'America' Meets 'Japan': A Journey for Real Between Two Imaginaries." Theory, Culture & Society 13(3):157-182

Golander, H. & Raz, A. "The Mask of Dementia." Ageing and Society 16(3): 269-285

Raz, A. Kibbutz Talk: 50 Years of Kibbutz Beeri. Be'eri press (in Hebrew) [click for the books PDF]


Awards, Grants and Fellowships


2017-20 Meanings and Practices of Prenatal Genetics in Germany and Israel (PreGGI). A comparative empirical and prospective study of the views and ethical concerns of users, non-users and providers of prenatal genetic services in their social and cultural contexts. PIs: Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Christina Schües (Uni. Lübeck) and Aviad Raz. DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation)

2016. Epigenetics and the Public: Encodings and Decodings. Jonathan Weitzman (CNRS / University Paris-Diderot) & Aviad Raz. The Cogito Foundation

2016. Netafim: Dripping with Strategy. PI: A. Raz. The Eli Hurwitz Center for Strategic Management, Tel-Aviv University

2016. Frozen: Social and Bioethical Aspects of Cryo-Fertility. Minerva-Gentner Research Workshop to be held in 2017. Co-organizers: Aviad Raz, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev & Silke Schicktanz.

2014-17 Bi-National US-Israel Science Foundation (BSF), PIs: Aviad Raz and Stefan Timmermans (UCLA), Social Aspects of Innovative Technologies of Newborn Screening in California and Israel

2014-17 Volkswagen Foundation and Lower Saxony - PIs: Aviad Raz (Israel) and Silke Schicktanz (Germany), Organized Patient Participation in Health Care: Collective Advocacy, Representation and Autonomy in Socio-Ethical Perspective


2012-14 AICE/Schusterman Professor, Dept. of Sociology, and the U.S.-Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability at Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego

2010-1012. German-Israeli Foundation (GIF), PIs: Aviad E. Raz and Silke Schicktanz, "Cross-Cultural Ethics of Health and Responsibility: Expert and lay perspectives regarding bioethical dilemmas in Germany and Israel." Click here for more information.

2010 ISF Publishing support program for the Humanities (for the publication of my book Community Genetics and Genetic Alliances: Carrier Testing, Eugenics, and Networks of Risk).

2007. The Toronto Prize for Outstanding Young Researchers, BGU

2000-2003. The Israel Science Foundation (Academia), The Social and Ethical Implications of Genetic Knowledge

1999-2000. Ford Foundation (Israel Foundations Trustees), Genetic Counseling in a Bedouin Community: The Interplay of Communal and Medical Discourses

1998-2001. Alon Fellowship for outstanding scientists, The National Academy of Sciences, State of Israel

1996-1997. Harvard University, RIJS postdoctoral fellowship

1995-1996. Research Associate, Institute for the Culture of Travel, Tokyo; Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow

1995. The Ben-Gurion Scholarship, Ministry of the Sciences, State of Israel


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