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Animal Frontiers: A Tale of Three Zoos in Israel/Palestine


Irus Braverman


State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo Law School

April 5, 2013

Cultural Critique, Issue 85, Fall 2013
SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-034

Abstract:     
Situated within fifty miles of each other at the heart of Israel-Palestine, three zoos — Jerusalem, Qalqilya, and Gaza — tell three very different stories about nonhuman animals, humans, and their imbricated survival across borders and at times of war. Through in-depth interviews with personnel from these three zoos, this article tracks the material and symbolic identities of three zoo animals. Yet the article is not just about animals; it is also a story about nationalism and its clandestine manifestations in ideologies of conservation. I argue here that alongside the straightforward story about sustaining wildlife, Israeli zoos’ control of zoo animals is a form of postcolonial ecology: an indirect penetration of the nation-state through nongovernmental means — and in the name of conservation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: zoos, Israel/Palestine, postcolonial ecology, animal frontiers, ethnography, Zionism and conservation, bare life, posthuman studies, animal-human relations, Heidegger, etatization


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Date posted: April 7, 2013 ; Last revised: September 15, 2014

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Braverman, Irus, Animal Frontiers: A Tale of Three Zoos in Israel/Palestine (April 5, 2013). Cultural Critique, Issue 85, Fall 2013; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-034. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2245796

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