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Organizations, Gender and the Culture of Palestinian Activism in Haifa, Israel : Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law - Elizabeth Faier

Organizations, Gender and the Culture of Palestinian Activism in Haifa, Israel

Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law

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Published: 9th December 2004
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This book, based on 25 months of anthropological fieldwork, examines activists and activism in Palestinian nongovernmental organizations in Israel. It concentrates on the ways organizations enable certain processes of self-identification based on activists' constructions of modernity. Processes of self-construction, culture negotiation, and temporal-spatial placement are problematic for activists because they involve inherently contradictory and ambiguous categories whose parts are fundamentally incommensurate. Activists seek to overcome two major problems: perceived inequalities within Palestinian society and prejudice against Palestinians by the Israeli state. In this context, modernity emerges as a dual critique of Jewish and Palestinian societies, the former figured as Western and latter traditional. Activists latch onto modernity, which they see as an equalizing process, in order to reconcile the dissonance and displacement in their lives. In their quest for a new social order, activists reject theIsraeli state, instead concentrating their attention on empowering Palestinians in Israel to find their own voices-culturally, politically, and nationally. Modernity though, does not stand alone as a process of reconciliation; activists link modernity with nation, state, land, gender, city and place as related terms for reference and displacement.

Introduction
Backgrounds: Fieldwork and Palestinians in Israel
New Venues: Nongovernmental Organizations and Social Change
Activism: Support, Conflict, and Ideas
Two Tales of a City: History, Space and Identity
Honor, Land, and Protest
(Re)Producing Honor: Gender, Family and Violence
Difficult Modernity: Rights, Citizenship, and the State
Appendixes
Glossary
References Cited
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ISBN: 9780415949514
ISBN-10: 0415949513
Series: Middle East Studies: History, Politics & Law
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 9th December 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1