The Materiality of Resistance: Israel's Apartheid Wall in an Age of Globalization

Social Text 118 (2014): 1-22.

22 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2015

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: January 10, 2015

Abstract

This essay examines the graffiti that covers the portion of the West Bank’s segregation wall that traverses Bethlehem. That the majority of the representations covering the wall are intended for international rather than local consumption complicates the prevalent tendency in the literature on this wall to align these representations homogenously with resistance. More than resisting a specific regime, many of these images enter into global conversations about the circulation of power. Images of resistance scripted and consumed by those who observe suffering from afar are juxtaposed to Palestinian engagements with the wall, which is frequently represented allegorically or not represented at all.

Keywords: globalization, Israel/Palestine, wall, borders, enclosure, conflict

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, The Materiality of Resistance: Israel's Apartheid Wall in an Age of Globalization (January 10, 2015). Social Text 118 (2014): 1-22. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548045

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham ( email )

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