The Poetics of Military Occupation

Author: Smadar Lavie
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520075528
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Business & Economics

"Smadar Lavie, in creating this beautiful book, has accomplished something wonderful. An Iraeli Jew, she sojourned among the Mzeina Bedouin with an open heart and comprehending spirit . . . [and] deeply engaged their way of life and their oral literature."--Maxime Rodinson, Directeur d'Etudes, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes "Speaking about a region where conflict, for all involved, has deepened divisions, separating 'us' from 'them, ' Smadar Lavie courageously seeks out the paradoxes and ambiguities in everyday life."--Renato Rosaldo, Stanford University

Everyday Occupations

Author: Kamala Visweswaran
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812207835
Release Date: 2013-03-16
Genre: Political Science

In the twenty-first century, political conflict and militarization have come to constitute a global social condition rather than a political exception. Military occupation increasingly informs the politics of both democracies and dictatorships, capitalist and formerly socialist regimes, raising questions about its relationship to sovereignty and the nation-state form. Israel and India are two of the world's most powerful postwar democracies yet have long-standing military occupations. Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey have passed through periods of military dictatorship, but democracy has yielded little for their ethnic minorities who have been incorporated into the electoral process. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (like India, Pakistan, and Turkey) have felt the imprint of socialism; declarations of peace after long periods of conflict in these countries have not improved the conditions of their minority or indigenous peoples but rather have resulted in "violent peace" and remilitarization. Indeed, the existence of standing troops and ongoing state violence against peoples struggling for self-determination in these regions suggests the expanding and everyday nature of military occupation. Such everydayness raises larger issues about the dominant place of the military in society and the social values surrounding militarism. Everyday Occupations examines militarization from the standpoints of both occupier and occupied. With attention to gender, poetics, satire, and popular culture, contributors who have lived and worked in occupied areas in the Middle East and South Asia explore what kinds of society are foreclosed or made possible by militarism. The outcome is a powerful contribution to the ethnography of political violence. Contributors: Nosheen Ali, Kabita Chakma, Richard Falk, Sandya Hewamanne, Mohamad Junaid, Rhoda Kanaaneh, Hisyar Ozsoy, Cheran Rudhramoorthy, Serap Ruken Sengul, Kamala Visweswaran.

Wrapped in the Flag of Israel

Author: Smadar Lavie
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496205544
Release Date: 2018-07
Genre: Family & Relationships

Weaving together memoir, auto-ethnography, political analysis, and cultural critique, Lavie equates bureaucratic entanglements with pain--and, arguably, torture--to examine the conundrum of loving and staying loyal to a state that repeatedly inflicts pain on its non-European Jewish women citizens.

Crossing the Green Line Between the West Bank and Israel

Author: Avram S. Bornstein
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812217934
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Political Science

Crossing the Green Line Between the West Bank and Israel makes eloquent use of particular Palestinian experiences as the framework for a critique of the way borders work in the modern world.

Epic Encounters

Author: Melani McAlister
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520932012
Release Date: 2005-07-05
Genre: History

Epic Encounters examines how popular culture has shaped the ways Americans define their "interests" in the Middle East. In this innovative book—now brought up-to-date to include 9/11 and the Iraq war—Melani McAlister argues that U.S. foreign policy, while grounded in material and military realities, is also developed in a cultural context. American understandings of the region are framed by narratives that draw on religious belief, news media accounts, and popular culture. This remarkable and pathbreaking book skillfully weaves lively and accessible readings of film, media, and music with a rigorous analysis of U.S. foreign policy, race politics, and religious history. The new chapter, titled "9/11 and After: Snapshots on the Road to Empire," considers and brilliantly analyzes five images that have become iconic: (1) New York City firemen raising the American flag out of the rubble of the World Trade Center, (2) the televised image of Osama bin-Laden, (3) Afghani women in burqas, (4) the statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled in Baghdad, and (5) the hooded and wired prisoner in Abu Ghraib. McAlister's singular achievement is to illuminate the contexts of these five images both at the time they were taken and as they relate to current events, an accomplishment all the more remarkable since—to paraphrase her new preface—we are today struggling to look backward at something that is still rushing ahead.

Sport and the American Occupation of the Philippines

Author: Gerald R. Gems
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781498536660
Release Date: 2016-08-05
Genre: History

This interdisciplinary study analyzes the role of sport during the American occupation of the Philippines and how it related to race, religion, government, and more. It examines how sport was used by colonial authorities to achieve occupation aims and argues that similar strategies continue to be prominent factors in U.S. foreign policy.

My Voice Is My Weapon

Author: David A. McDonald
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822378280
Release Date: 2013-10-16
Genre: Music

In My Voice Is My Weapon, David A. McDonald rethinks the conventional history of the Palestinian crisis through an ethnographic analysis of music and musicians, protest songs, and popular culture. Charting a historical narrative that stretches from the late-Ottoman period through the end of the second Palestinian intifada, McDonald examines the shifting politics of music in its capacity to both reflect and shape fundamental aspects of national identity. Drawing case studies from Palestinian communities in Israel, in exile, and under occupation, McDonald grapples with the theoretical and methodological challenges of tracing "resistance" in the popular imagination, attempting to reveal the nuanced ways in which Palestinians have confronted and opposed the traumas of foreign occupation. The first of its kind, this book offers an in-depth ethnomusicological analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, contributing a performative perspective to the larger scholarly conversation about one of the world's most contested humanitarian issues.

Reading Ethnography

Author: David Jacobson
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438407739
Release Date: 1991-01-01
Genre: Social Science

This book presents a model for analyzing and evaluating ethnographic arguments. It examines the relationship between the claims anthropologists make about human behavior and the data they use to warrant them. Jacobson analyzes the textual organization of ethnographies, focusing on the ways in which problems, interpretations, and data are put together. He examines in detail a limited number of well-known ethnographic cases, which are selected to illustrate basic theoretical frameworks and modes of analysis. By advancing a method for assessing ethnographic accounts, the book contributes to the current debate on the role of rhetoric and reflexivity in anthropology.

Brown River White Ocean

Author: Luis Francia
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813519993
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Fiction

A collection of shorts stories and poems represents a history of English language writing in the Phillippines from the turn of the century to the present

From Unincorporated Territory lukao

Author: Craig Santos Perez
Publisher: Omnidawn
ISBN: 163243041X
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Poetry

The fourth installment in the Chamorro poet's series on the history, ecology, and mythology of Guam

Veiled Sentiments

Author: Lila Abu-Lughod
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520292499
Release Date: 2016-09-06
Genre: Social Science

First published in 1986, Lila Abu-Lughod’s Veiled Sentiments has become a classic ethnography in the field of anthropology. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations, morality, and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But Abu-Lughod’s analysis also reveals how deeply implicated poetry and sentiment are in the play of power and the maintenance of social hierarchy. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the complexity of culture. This thirtieth anniversary edition includes a new afterword that reflects on developments both in anthropology and in the lives of this community of Awlad 'Ali Bedouins, who find themselves increasingly enmeshed in national political and social formations. The afterword ends with a personal meditation on the meaning—for all involved—of the radical experience of anthropological fieldwork and the responsibilities it entails for ethnographers.

Neighbour Procedure

Author: Rachel Zolf
Publisher: Coach House Books
ISBN: 9781770562677
Release Date: 2010-02-22
Genre: Poetry

A virtuoso polyvocal correspondence with the daily news, ancient scripture and contemporary theory that puts the ongoing conflict in Israel/Palestine firmly in the crosshairs, "Neighbour Procedure" sees Zolf assemble an arsenal of poetic procedures and words borrowed from a cast of unlikely neighbours, including Mark Twain, Dadaist Marcel Janco, blogger-poet Ron Silliman and two women at the gym.

Israeli Media and the Framing of Internal Conflict

Author: Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1137413883
Release Date: 2014-05-07
Genre: Performing Arts

The Yemenite Babies Affair is the emotionally laden, yet still unresolved, story of the alleged kidnapping of hundreds of Yemenite babies upon their arrival to Israel during the 1950s. This book examines bias within the state of Israel and the media at large, through the lens of the news coverage of the Yemenite Babies Affair. In analyzing fifty years of public narratives, Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber argues that the media played a major role in the concurrent framing and silencing of this story. This eye-opening study exposes the clash between the European Zionist ideology of unity and the reality of Israel's diverse society, where at least half of the Jewish population is of Arab descent.

Everyday Occupations

Author: Kamala Visweswaran
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812244878
Release Date: 2013-03-21
Genre: History

Everyday Occupations engages visual culture and the ethnography of space, satire and parody, poetry and political critique to examine militarization as it is wielded as a cultural and political tool, and as it is experienced as a material form of violence and symbolic domination.