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Title: Disciplining popular resistance : the case of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories
Author: Ghandour-Demiri, Nada
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 1598
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines popular resistance against the Israeli occupation. Its two central aims are: 1) to document current actions of nonviolent resistance; and 2) to de-romanticize nonviolence through a critical analysis of specific resistance actions and forms of population management. While nonviolent resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories exists today in plenty of forms, I argue that it is open to cooptation and accommodation by certain mechanisms of control. This in turn impacts the effectiveness of these resistance actions. This thesis, then, seeks to explore how nonviolent resistance against the Israeli occupation is conducted in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and what mechanisms of occupation and control it is trying to eliminate. It also seeks to understand how nonviolent resistance is being disciplined not only by the state of Israel but also by neo-liberal processes, and specifically, the process of NGO- ization. Therefore this project gives particular emphasis to the relation between forms of domination and forms of agency and how these two interact, impact and readapt to each other. Four central themes emerge throughout the thesis. First, the complex symbiosis between mechanisms of control and nonviolent resistance actions are highlighted through all four core chapters. Second, a detailed explanation of a large number of Israeli mechanisms of control demonstrates the sophistication of population management. In fact, three forms of population management become apparent: 1) population sorting (the systematic arrangement and rearrangement of human groupings facilitated through spatial reconfiguration and territorial fragmentation); 2) population containment (the incarceration and enclavization of Palestinian); and 3) population transfer (the relocation of human groupings through processes such as Judaization and de-Arabization). These three forms will help understand and categorize Israeli technologies of population management and reveal the complex and sophisticated Israeli matrix of control. The third theme emerging from this thesis is the disciplining of popular resistance through Israel's violent repression and matrix of control, but also through the conditional use of nonviolence imposed by Palestinian NGOs and foreign donors. Finally, the last theme is the Israeli perception of nonviolence as a threat. Rather than advocating a right or wrong way to resist, this thesis explores a form of resistance in itself. By analyzing it in relation to what it opposes and the ways in which it is being disciplined, it hopes to give emphasis to the importance of the right to resist under military occupation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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