The two deaths of Basem Rishmawi: Identity constructions and reconstructions in a Muslim-Christian Palestinian community

Authors
Citation
G. Bowman, The two deaths of Basem Rishmawi: Identity constructions and reconstructions in a Muslim-Christian Palestinian community, IDENTITIES, 8(1), 2001, pp. 47-81
Citations number
43
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
47 - 81
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(200103)8:1<47:TTDOBR>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
This article illuminates political transformations in a West Bank Palestini an town over the past decade by examining the ways stories of a killing whi ch took place in 1981 produced radically different conceptions of community during the period of intensive intifada mobilization and subsequently as t he Palestinian National Authority established its rule in the wake of the I sraeli-Palestinian Oslo Agreements. The paper examines how political arrang ements between the Israeli state and the Palestinian administration forced the local community to negotiate in tra-communal conflicts in the terms of an archaic and divisive idiom of tribal law that in turn accelerated the di sintegration of the nationalist solidarity that had characterized intifada- period social life. The paper contends that shared perceptions of antagonis tic violence are central to processes of collective identity formation, and shows that discursive shifts can, in certain contexts, give rise to nerv f ormations of identity antipathetic to those that preceded them.