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On (Not) Forgetting Families: Family Spaces and Spacings in Birzeit, Palestine

Harker, C; (2010) On (Not) Forgetting Families: Family Spaces and Spacings in Birzeit, Palestine. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space , 42 (11) pp. 2624-2639. 10.1068/a4338. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is a response to Valentine's recent suggestion that the family is an absent presence within geography. Persuaded by her argument, I explore other disciplinary approaches to theorizing families, and, in particular, how discursive appropriations of ‘the family’ and theories of family practices can enlarge our understandings of what families are and how they are done. I then argue that geographers can contribute to such studies by exploring the spaces and spacings that coconstitute family subjectivities. I put these ideas to work in the context of Birzeit, Palestine, where, I argue, particular family spaces and spacings offer more nuanced understandings of this place which challenge limited discursive constructions of the ‘Arab family’ and the ‘Western family’. I situate these theoretical maneuvers within broader geographies of intimacies, while arguing that there is still a great deal of work to be done to further spatialize our understandings of families.

Type: Article
Title: On (Not) Forgetting Families: Family Spaces and Spacings in Birzeit, Palestine
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1068/a4338
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1068/a4338
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041922
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