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Title: Academic knowledge and political practice : security studies and Israeli security
Author: Maltman, Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 5922 2572
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis examines the production and function of knowledge concerning security and Israeli security. A critical, post-positivist approach to analysing the constitution and practices connected to security knowledge is justified. From a broadly Foucaultian point of view, the thesis looks at the 'regime of truth' within which ideas of Israeli security concerning Palestinians are formulated. The connections between the Security Studies discipline, academic studies focusing on Israel's security, and the formulation of Israel's policy positions towards the Palestinians are examined. Overall, it is shown how the practices of a 'social scientific' Security Studies discipline engaged in producing 'useful' knowledge for state practitioners reinforces and legitimates official Israeli security discourse and practice based around a conception of a singular state-based identity seeking security, primarily through military-diplomatic means, against a recalcitrant and hostile enemy 'Other' in the Palestinians. This basic framework of security knowledge is traced through official Israeli security discourse and practice (the security dispositif) from 1988 to 2009, offering an in-depth analysis of the development and evolution of official security processes concerning the Palestinians. Adopting an explicitly critical ethos for reflexive research, the thesis disrupts and challenges official Israeli security dynamics, finding them to be repeatedly exacerbating conflictual relations. Through the deployment of the regime of truth, the repeated instantiation of the official Israeli security dispositif is shown to re-incite and re-confirm existing parameters of knowledge and knowledge production. The thesis therefore also provides a detailed and critical examination of the notion of a repetitive 'cycle of violence' at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Truth ; International security ; Palestine ; Israel