Bodies, Power and Resistance in the Middle East: Experiences of Subjectification in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bodies, Power and Resistance in the Middle East

Experiences of Subjectification in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 1st Edition

By Caitlin Ryan


182 pages

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The book examines how exercises of power and processes of security exercised in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have formed Palestinian women as subjects.

To understand how women experience occupation, this book examines the various ways in which the occupation is directed at making Palestinian women into subjects of power. The work argues that the exercises of power are focused on controlling and disciplining women’s bodies. The objectives are to expose how the exclusions of women’s daily-lived experiences of conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories obscures how power operates, to demonstrate how the elements of Israeli security practices make women insecure, and to highlight how resistance to the occupation can be found embedded within daily life in the occupied territories. Ultimately, all of these themes can be related more broadly to how women might experience conflict and resist subjectification by exposing different ways that subjectifications result in insecurities and resistance to those insecurities. While the book is specific to women in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the exercises of power and enactments of resistance it exposes demonstrate how important it is to take seriously the feminist argument that ‘the personal is international, and the international is personal.’

This book will be of much interest to students of gender politics, critical security studies, Middle Eastern politics, sociology and IR in general.

Table of Contents

PART I: Thinking About Subjectification and Resistance Introduction: Checkpoint 300 1. Women, (In)Security and Violence 2. Theorising Power and Resistance 3. Subject and dispositif in the oPt PART II: Experiences of subjectification and resistance: Power and resistance in the oPt 4. Centralising Lived Experience in the Field 5. Managing Populations and Resisting Management 6. Punishing Populations and Resisting Punishment 7. Beyond Management and Punishment: Killing Bodies, Killing Geographies Conclusion: Back to Checkpoint 300

About the Author

Caitlin Ryan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ohio University, and has a Ph.D. in international politics.

About the Series

War, Politics and Experience

This series will publish interdisciplinary, single-authored and edited volumes that address the experiences of war and the everyday politics of war-making that shape and are shaped by those experiences. These works will push boundaries of knowledge and disciplinarity by offering new, theoretically sophisticated, and empirically rich approaches to understanding the experiential politics of war in the post-World War II period.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies