EU–Hamas actors in a state of permanent liminality

Michelle Pace, Polly Pallister-Wilkins

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Abstract

This article contributes to the debate on liminality within International Relations (IR) theory by focusing on the actorness of the European Union (EU) and Hamas. The concept of liminality as a transitional process is applied to frame the situation of both the EU and Hamas as political actors in-between socially established categories. This article explores how the liminal identity of these two actors impacts, on the one hand, their relations with each other and, on the other hand, their relations of ‘self’. Exploring the procedural relations of the EU and Hamas, it argues for the necessity of recognising liminal categories in IR theory and practice, while, at the same time, it highlights the limits of such in-between categories in a world order still structured around the state.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Volume21
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)223–246
Number of pages24
ISSN1408-6980
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Michelle Pace, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark and Polly Pallister-Wilkins, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Keywords

  • actors
  • communitas
  • European Union
  • Hamas
  • identity
  • imitation
  • liminality
  • masters of ceremonies
  • permanent liminality
  • trickster
  • practice

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