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Occupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency
by John Collins
Binding: Hardcover, illustrated edition edition, 285 pages
Publisher: NYU Press
Weight: 1.15 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.1 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0814716377
ISBN 13: 9780814716373
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Book Description:
'Theoretically sharp and well written, Occupied by Memory propels the scholarship on Palestinians and perpetual states of violence in new and promising directions. Julie Peteet, author of Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement Occupied by Memory explores the memories of the first Palestinian intifada. Based on extensive interviews with members of the 'intifada generation,' those who were between 10 and 18 years old when the intifada began in 1987, the book provides a detailed look at the intifada memories of ordinary Palestinians. These personal stories are presented as part of a complex and politically charged discursive field through which young Palestinians are invested with meaning by scholars, politicians, journalists, and other observers. What emerges from their memories is a sense of a generation caught between a past that is simultaneously traumatic, empowering, and exciting and a future that is perpetually uncertain. In this sense, Collins argues that understanding the stories and the struggles of the intifada generation is a key to understanding the ongoing state of emergency for the Palestinian people. The book will be of interest not only to scholars of the Middle East but also to those interested in nationalism, discourse analysis, social movements, and oral history.


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