This paper examines how Palestinians define and practice activism, and furthermore how the construction of identity is affected by life in a zone of crisis. The project investigates these themes with a social constructivist approach, including theoretical assumptions and concepts by Lasse Lindekilde, Thomas Olesen, Michael Jackson, Richard Jenkins and Íñigo-Mora. With the aid of these theories, we seek to elaborate on the issue of activism in Palestine from different perspectives, including language, identity and storytelling. These concepts will contribute to create an understanding of the broad term activism. Through interviews made with four Palestinians who are active in different activist groups, the project discusses how the chosen theory of activism is not broad enough to encapsulate the overall understanding and use of activism that exists with these informants. The project discovered how the informants are involved with different forms of communities and different ways of performing activism, that among other things are affected by the placement of the individuals. The project concludes that the social context has great impact in understanding activism, as everything in Palestine is political, and the informant’s life and identity is shaped in accordance with the situation in society. Overall their activism is focused on creating information about the occupation in Palestine to achieve the recognition of the international community, and engage the population within Palestine to resist the Israeli regime by non-violent actions. Activism is defined as resistance by the informants, which relates to a notion of activism as a strategy of survival and as a part of the living conditions. Thus, the paper argues that life as a Palestinian in a zone of crisis affects all the informant’s storytelling, identity and understanding of activism.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||17 dec. 2017|
|Vejledere||Leif Hemming Pedersen|