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Title: The politics of identity : the case of the Palestinian-Jordanian identity in Jordan
Author: Gandolfo, K. L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2695 2886
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2007
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The evolution of identity has assumed a central role in the analysis of conflict and statesociety relations in the contemporary Middle East. Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 the Palestinian diaspora has extended throughout the region and beyond, bringing their experiences, narratives, and customs into their new environment. Receiving the most substantial number of Palestinian refugees, Jordan now hosts a majority population of Palestinian Jordanians for whom integration has occurred at varied levels. Through the course of this thesis the correlation between civil rights and the evolution of the Palestinian- Jordanian identity shall be analyzed with a view to determine whether the absence of rights results in an enhanced Palestinian identity. In addition, variables such as economic status, duration of residence and religious affiliations shall be explored to determine the extent of their influence on the evolution of the Palestinian Jordanian identity in Jordan. The relationship between identity and civil rights is important both practically and theoretically. It is of practical importance due to the ethno-political paramountcy of the region and the mercurial dynamic between the Palestinian diaspora community and the host states on a wider regional level. As tensions in the region escalate with the rise of radical Islamist groups, an enhanced understanding of ethnic identity and the application of civil rights would be conducive to a reduction in the risk of future violence in Jordan, which has sustained a successful record of cordiality with its subjects. On a theoretical level, the thesis will explore the variables of civil rights, socioeconomics, religion, and cultural tradition with renewed vigor, presenting a contemporary insight into the Palestinian Jordanian domestic dynamic. Drawing on a collection of interviews conducted by the candidate in 2006 and 2007, in addition to a wealth of statistics compiled by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, the thesis shall follow the hypothesis that the discrimination enacted by Jordanian citizenship, nationality and electoral legislation fails to protect the state. While the Jordanian government avers that to present all Palestinians residing in Jordan with full citizenship rights - and ergo national and electoral rights - presents a risk to the stability of Jordan, this thesis contends that the marginalization of the Palestinian community would be conducive towards further societal division.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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