Gendering Palestinian Dispossession: Evaluating Land Loss in the West Bank

Caitlin Ryan*

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    Despite increasing attention to Palestinian territorial dispossession, there is inadequate attention paid to how this dispossession is gendered in its legitimising discourses and practices. Inattention to gender results in a failure to understand the power relations at play in the processes through which Palestinians are dispossessed of their land, the discourses that serve to support that dispossession and the impacts of that dispossession. This article examines the roles of Israeli hegemonic militarised masculinity as deployed in discourses and practices of "security" as well as idealised Zionist femininity and idealised Zionist masculinity as deployed in discourses and practices of "God-given Righteousness". It finds that both are effective means of dispossessing Palestinians of their land, and that in settlements in the West Bank, the hegemonic militarised masculinity is often subsumed under idealised Zionist femininity and masculinity when it comes to settlement expansion and the violent dispossession of Palestinian land.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)477-498
    Number of pages22
    Issue number2
    Early online date6-Sept-2016
    Publication statusPublished - Mar-2017


    • land dispossession
    • Palestine
    • feminist security studies
    • resistance

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