1st Edition

Bodies, Power and Resistance in the Middle East
Experiences of Subjectification in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

ISBN 9781138802407
Published August 25, 2015 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

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 

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