Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Hardback)Rebecca L. Stein (author)
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Combining vivid ethnographic detail, postcolonial theory, and readings of Israeli and Palestinian popular texts, Stein considers a broad range of Israeli leisure cultures of the Oslo period with a focus on the Jewish desires for Arab things, landscapes, and people that regional diplomacy catalyzed. Moving beyond conventional accounts, she situates tourism within a broader field of "discrepant mobility," foregrounding the relationship between histories of mobility and immobility, leisure and exile, consumption and militarism. She contends that the study of Israeli tourism must open into broader interrogations of the Israeli occupation, the history of Palestinian dispossession, and Israel's future in the Arab Middle East. Itineraries in Conflict is both a cultural history of the Oslo process and a call to fellow scholars to rethink the contours of the Arab-Israeli conflict by considering the politics of popular culture in everyday Israeli and Palestinian lives.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 232
"A remarkable ethnography. In this lyrical study, Rebecca L. Stein dissects the histories, economic realities, and state practices underlying Israeli tourism into Palestinian areas. She evokes the political longings that animate such tourism while never forgetting the dense histories of power that structure its logics. Impressive in its originality, Stein's riveting challenge to simplistic assumptions about Israeli and Palestinian politics is ultimately an incitement to hope."-Melani McAlister, author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000
"An enormously important book. While Rebecca L. Stein's work contributes to a growing literature on the technologies and discourses of Zionist domination, both historical and contemporary, it stands out for its brilliant and subtle account of the post-Oslo construction of the Israeli Jewish 'desire for the Arab.' Her analysis of the making of Palestinian people, spaces, and activities into sites of Jewish tourism is careful, compelling, and disturbing."-Wendy Brown, author of Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire
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