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Words and StonesThe Politics of Language and Identity in Israel$
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Daniel Lefkowitz

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195121902

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121902.001.0001

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Negotiations of Memory and Space

Negotiations of Memory and Space

(p.29) 2 Negotiations of Memory and Space
Words and Stones

Daniel Lefkowitz (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter starts by tracing strands of current discourse of modern Israel and Palestine back to their historical antecedents. It approximates a genealogy of everyday interactions in Haifa — interactions that draw meaning from the history of settlement and resettlement. The daily physical, political, and discursive contestations over identity are traced out as they are played out across urban space — buildings being razed; streets being renamed; wealth moving uphill; Arabs replacing Jews replacing Arabs in downtown neighborhoods. These struggles over space have generated spatial symbols of identity — from the appearance of homes to the language of newspapers — and mirror, constitute, and constrain the negotiation of identity.

Keywords:   Israel, Palestine, identity, Haifa, Jews, language

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