Book review: The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank

The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft

Dana El Kurd, Michelle Pace, Somdeep Sen

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Resumé

In The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft, authors Michelle Pace and Somdeep Sen explore the motivations of various stakeholders in engaging with Palestinian ‘state’ institutions, even as a full state continues to elude them. They make the distinction between physical violence, manifesting itself in outright repression, and symbolic violence – which leads Palestinians to engage in the theatrics of statecraft, although they realize that the gain they are attempting to accomplish will not come to fruition. The authors term this ‘symbolic violence’ because it imposes a ‘split’ on the subjective identities of Palestinians, and generates anxiety and other negative emotions such as helplessness. This is their focus throughout the book, as they trace the performance of statecraft through a variety of stakeholders – from PA bureaucrats, European diplomats, and other active participants of the PA project, to members of civil society and activists who refuse to participate in the same way.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato20 jan. 2020
Udgivelses stedMilton Park, Oxfordshire
UdgiverTaylor and Francis/Routledge
Antal sider3
ISBN (Trykt)1362-9395
ISBN (Elektronisk) 1743-9418
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 20 jan. 2020

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El Kurd, Dana ; Pace, Michelle ; Sen, Somdeep. / Book review: The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank : The Theatrics of Woeful Statecraft. 2020. Milton Park, Oxfordshire : Taylor and Francis/Routledge. 3 s.
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Publikation: AndetAndet bidragForskning

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