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Palestinians and the Arab Uprisings: Political Activism and Narratives of Home, Homeland, and Home-Camp

Gabiam, N; Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2017) Palestinians and the Arab Uprisings: Political Activism and Narratives of Home, Homeland, and Home-Camp. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 43 (5) pp. 731-748. 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202750. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the ways in which Palestinians have been affected by the Arab Uprisings and their aftermath, especially in light of their statelessness and protracted refugeedom. It does so by analysing the narratives of 49 Palestinians who were based in France, Sweden, and the UK at the time of interview between 2012 and 2014. We show that the forms of mobilisation and/or identifications that Palestinians in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and beyond engaged in with regard to the Arab Uprisings, transcended the link between the host state and the homeland. They extended to a plurality of in-between spaces such as Palestinian refugee camps, Arab host states, and Arab countries experiencing the uprisings. We argue that these in-between spaces became salient to broader conceptions of Palestinian identity and activism because Palestinian-ness is shaped not only through attachment to place, but also through particular experiences that are associated with Palestinian identity.

Type: Article
Title: Palestinians and the Arab Uprisings: Political Activism and Narratives of Home, Homeland, and Home-Camp
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202750
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202750
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 22 July 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202750
Keywords: Palestinians, identity, political activism, Arab Uprisings
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1498726
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