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Facts On The Ground

Author: Nadia Abu El-Haj
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226002152
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Archaeology in Israel is truly a national obsession, a practice through which national identity—and national rights—have long been asserted. But how and why did archaeology emerge as such a pervasive force there? How can the practices of archaeology help answer those questions? In this stirring book, Nadia Abu El-Haj addresses these questions and specifies for the first time the relationship between national ideology, colonial settlement, and the production of historical knowledge. She analyzes particular instances of history, artifacts, and landscapes in the making to show how archaeology helped not only to legitimize cultural and political visions but, far more powerfully, to reshape them. Moreover, she places Israeli archaeology in the context of the broader discipline to determine what unites the field across its disparate local traditions and locations. Boldly uncovering an Israel in which science and politics are mutually constituted, this book shows the ongoing role that archaeology plays in defining the past, present, and future of Palestine and Israel.

The Genealogical Science

Author: Nadia Abu El-Haj
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226201422
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The Genealogical Science analyzes the scientific work and social implications of the flourishing field of genetic history. A biological discipline that relies on genetic data in order to reconstruct the geographic origins of contemporary populations—their histories of migration and genealogical connections to other present-day groups—this historical science is garnering ever more credibility and social reach, in large part due to a growing industry in ancestry testing. In this book, Nadia Abu El-Haj examines genetic history’s working assumptions about culture and nature, identity and biology, and the individual and the collective. Through the example of the study of Jewish origins, she explores novel cultural and political practices that are emerging as genetic history’s claims and “facts” circulate in the public domain and illustrates how this historical science is intrinsically entangled with cultural imaginations and political commitments. Chronicling late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century understandings of race, nature, and culture, she identifies continuities and shifts in scientific claims, institutional contexts, and political worlds in order to show how the meanings of biological difference have changed over time. In so doing she gives an account of how and why it is that genetic history is so socially felicitous today and elucidates the range of understandings of the self, individual and collective, this scientific field is making possible. More specifically, through her focus on the history of projects of Jewish self-fashioning that have taken place on the terrain of the biological sciences, The Genealogical Science analyzes genetic history as the latest iteration of a cultural and political practice now over a century old.

Archaeology Under Dictatorship

Author: Michael L. Galaty
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 0387362142
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This volume provides a theoretical basis for understanding the specific effects of totalitarian dictatorship upon the practice of archaeology, both during and after the dictator's reign. The nine essays explore experiences from every corner of the Mediterranean. With its wide-range of case-studies and strong theoretical orientation, this volume is a major advance in the study of the history and politics of archaeology.

If Truth Be Told

Author: Didier Fassin
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822372878
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What happens when ethnographers go public via books, opinion papers, media interviews, court testimonies, policy recommendations, or advocacy activities? Calling for a consideration of this public moment as part and parcel of the research process, the contributors to If Truth Be Told explore the challenges, difficulties, and stakes of having ethnographic research encounter various publics, ranging from journalists, legal experts, and policymakers to activist groups, local populations, and other scholars. The experiences they analyze include Didier Fassin’s interventions on police and prison, Gabriella Coleman's multiple roles as intermediary between hackers and journalists, Kelly Gillespie's and Jonathan Benthall's experiences serving as expert witnesses, the impact of Manuela Ivone Cunha's and Vincent Dubois's work on public policies, and the vociferous attacks on the work of Unni Wikan and Nadia Abu El-Haj. With case studies from five continents, this collection signals the global impact of the questions that the publicization of ethnography raises about the public sphere, the role of the academy, and the responsibilities of social scientists. Contributors. Jonathan Benthall, Lucas Bessire, João Biehl, Gabriella Coleman, Manuela Ivone Cunha, Vincent Dubois, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Didier Fassin, Kelly Gillespie, Ghassan Hage, Sherine Hamdy, Federico Neiburg, Unni Wikan

Die Erfindung Des Landes Israel

Author: Shlomo Sand
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843703426
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Gehört Israel den Juden? Was bedeutet überhaupt Israel? Wer hat dort gelebt, wer erhebt Ansprüche auf das Land, wie kam es zur Staatsgründung Israels? Shlomo Sand, einer der schärfsten Kritiker der israelischen Politik gegenüber den Palästinensern, stellt den Gründungsmythos seines Landes radikal in Frage. Überzeugend weist er nach, dass entgegen der israelischen Unabhängigkeitserklärung und heutiger Regierungspropaganda die Juden nie danach gestrebt haben, in ihr „angestammtes Land“ zurückzukehren, und dass auch heute ihre Mehrheit nicht in Israel lebt oder leben will. Es gibt kein „historisches Anrecht“ der Juden auf das Land Israel, so Sand. Diese Idee sei ein Erbe des unseligen Nationalismus des 19. Jahrhunderts, begierig aufgegriffen von den Zionisten jener Zeit. In kolonialistischer Manier hätten sie die Juden zur Landnahme in Palästina und zur Vertreibung der palästinensischen Bevölkerung aufgerufen, die dann nach der Staatsgründung 1948 konsequent umgesetzt wurde. Nachdrücklich fordert Sand die israelische Gesellschaft auf, sich von den Mythen des Zionismus zu verabschieden und die historischen Tatsachen anzuerkennen.

Israel Ist Umgezogen

Author: Diana Pinto
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3633730583
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Israel ist umgezogen – weg von den feindseligen Nachbarn und dem alten, vergeblichen Traum eines säkularen Zionismus, hin zu einem Land der boomenden High-Tech-Industrie, das in der archaischen Vergangenheit seine Zukunft neu entwirft, weltläufig, ethnisch abgeschottet und geprägt von der politischen Agenda der Religiösen. Dana Pinto zeigt Israel auf dem Weg in einen autistischen Ultramodernismus, der die Probleme des jüdischen Staates zu lösen versucht, indem er sie überspringt. »Israel ist umgezogen« ist ein kritisches Buch über Israel, entstanden aus Liebe zu einem Land, das sich dringend fragen muß, wohin die Reise geht. Die Beziehungen zu den alten Partnern in Europa und den USA verlieren mehr und mehr an Gewicht, und weder die Erinnerung an die Shoah noch der traditionelle zionistische Gründungskonsens sind länger Eckpfeiler des israelischen Selbstverständnisses. Die eigene Zukunft sieht das Land eher in der boomenden Hightech-Industrie mit starker Orientierung an China und in der Wiederverwurzelung in einer archaischen Vergangenheit – dank des Internets weltläufig und entgrenzt, zugleich ethnisch abgeschottet und politisch geprägt von den Vorstellungen der Nationalreligiösen und Ultraorthodoxen. In Form eines Reiseberichtes legt Dana Pinto das konzise Porträt eines Landes im Umbruch vor. In Gesprächen mit säkularen und orthodoxen, jüdischen und arabischen Israelis und in Beobachtungen, in denen sie die kleinsten Alltagsszenen gekonnt mit den Mitteln des engagierten Essays darstellt, gelingt es der Autorin zugleich, Hoffnung zu wecken für eine Zukunft jenseits der Gewalt.

Choreographies Of Shared Sacred Sites

Author: Elazar Barkan
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231538065
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This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and cooperation, coexistence and conflict. Contributors probe the notion of coexistence and the logic that underlies centuries of "sharing," exploring when and why sharing gets interrupted—or not—by conflict, and the policy consequences. These essays map the choreographies of shared sacred spaces within the framework of state-society relations, juxtaposing a site's political and religious features and exploring whether sharing or contestation is primarily religious or politically motivated. Although religion and politics are intertwined phenomena, the contributors to this volume understand the category of "religion" and the "political" as devices meant to distinguish between the theological and confessional aspects of religion and the political goals of groups. Their comparative approach better represents the transition in some cases of sites into places of hatred and violence, while in other instances they remain noncontroversial. The essays clearly delineate the religious and political factors that contribute to the context and causality of conflict at these sites and draw on history and anthropology to shed light on the often rapid switch from relative tolerance to distress to peace and calm.