Space and Mobility in Palestine

Space and Mobility in Palestine

Julie Peteet
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Format: Paperback 7 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-02493-0
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Professor Julie Peteet believes that the concept of mobility is key to understanding how place and space act as forms of power, identity, and meaning among Palestinians in Israel today. In Space and Mobility in Palestine, she investigates how Israeli policies of closure and separation influence Palestinian concerns about constructing identity, the ability to give meaning to place, and how Palestinians comprehend, experience, narrate, and respond to Israeli settler-colonialism. Peteet’s work sheds new light on everyday life in the Occupied Territories and helps explain why regional peace may be difficult to achieve in the foreseeable future.

Author Bio

Julie Peteet is Professor of Anthropology at University of Louisville. She is author of Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps and Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement.


“Peteet is one of the world's leading anthropologists of the Palestinian experience, and her new book is urgent and thought provoking. She explores the use of enclosure, entrapment, and separation as a distinct form of colonial control in the Palestinian West Bank and provides some telling examples of how Palestinians attempt to live within and through these restrictions.”
 — Tobias Kelly, author of Law, Violence, and Sovereignty among West Bank Palestinians

“[T]he book is the result of the work and reflections of a scholar who has worked with and written about Palestinians for over three decades. As such, it elaborates with great specificity on the theoretical contributions of thinkers like Foucault and Agamben, while providing new insights into the multifarious examples of contemporary settlercolonialism. ”
 — Anthropological Quarterly

Space and Mobility in Palestine is a welcome addition to the rich tradition of anthropological work on Palestine.”
 — American Ethnologist

“Read alongside works in cartography and history, this ethnography contributes to the anthropology of shrinking spaces, borders, checkpoints, militarization, and expropriation by documenting what it is like to live with major restrictions on mobility. ”
 — Anthropological Quarterly

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Space and Mobility in the Time of Closure
1. "Permission to Breathe": Closure and the Wall
2. Mobility: Legibility, Permits and Roads
3. Geography of Anticipation and Risk: Checkpoints, Filters and Funnels
4. Waiting and "Stealing Time": Closure’s Temporality
5. Anti-Colonial Resistance in the Time of Closure

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