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Settler Suburbia in the Negev/Naqab: the Start-Up Pioneer in the Desert
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1074-7098
Rekke forfattare: 12024 (engelsk)Inngår i: Geographical Review, ISSN 0016-7428, E-ISSN 1931-0846, Vol. 114, nr 2, s. 180-205Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Within the recognized borders of Israel, in the shadow of the West Bank settlement enterprise, a new frontier is in the making. Central planning has designated the space as a burgeoning metropolitan region, and, in a parallel process, a network of Jewish-only settlements has been established. This study asks how the settlement push is narrated to the Israeli public, and thereby adds the Naqab to previous studies exploring the link between colonial settlement and suburbia, and more specifically with the community-settlement model. It analyzes audiovisual material produced by two Zionist organizations and finds that the new frontier is narrated as a space for reenactment of the mythic pioneer trope, and that this ideal is mediated in relation to the new neoliberal ethos of Israel as the “start-up nation.” The study moreover expands on the interplay of geographic scales, thus adding an important contribution to scholarly understanding of contemporary settler-colonialism. 

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2024. Vol. 114, nr 2, s. 180-205
Emneord [en]
frontier, Negev/Naqab, settler-colonialism, suburbia, Zionism
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kulturgeografi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212430DOI: 10.1080/00167428.2023.2197954ISI: 000979863500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85156096857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-212430DiVA, id: diva2:1716972
Tilgjengelig fra: 2022-12-07 Laget: 2022-12-07 Sist oppdatert: 2024-04-22bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. A new storm over the Naqab: The temporality of space in Israeli settler colonialism
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>A new storm over the Naqab: The temporality of space in Israeli settler colonialism
2023 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

How can a posthumanist conceptualization of landscape, one that embraces temporality and practice, help us to better understand contemporary settler colonialism? This thesis explores this proposition through its analyses of the desire of the Israeli state to ‘settle’ the Naqab. The Naqab, an area located in the south of modern-day Israel and within its borders, is continuously narrated as under threat of being lost to the Palestinian Bedouins. In contrast to the breadth of scholarly attention given to the occupied Palestinian Territories, there is a relative paucity of studies focusing on the Naqab and on the Palestinian citizens of Israel living therein. Inspired by the concept of taskscape and, more broadly, by a posthumanist political ecology approach, in this thesis I seek to remedy the determinist undertones quite often found in settler colonial studies.

The thesis’ empirical data draw from qualitative methods and field research in the Naqab, undertaken during multiple field visits between the 2018 and 2021. The thesis comprises a comprehensive summary (kappa) and three research papers. In Paper 1, I show how a schism between the Jewish National Fund and the civil society green movement surfaced amid land conflicts between the state and Bedouin villagers east of Beersheva. I argue that this schism offers insights into how nature is negotiated in relation to environmentalism and Zionist ideology.  Further, I discuss how these negotiations point to an emerging new self-image of a post-settlement state that has abandoned pioneering, and replaced it with a planted forest (and natural) landscape as an emblem for Zionist nature. In Paper 2, I focus my attention on a network of Jewish villages in the Naqab. Based on a discourse analysis of YouTube videos produced by two Zionist organizations, I show how the narrative of Jewish relocation to the Naqab encompasses a modern re-enactment of the pioneering ideal, one mediated by a new neoliberal ethos of Israel as a ‘start-up nation’ and the Naqab as a new Israeli tech-hub. Finally, in Paper 3, I trace the cultural and political context of forest grazing in the Naqab. I argue that while the state uses afforestation as a proxy for territorialization, the irony is that it is the Bedouins who are largely responsible for everyday management of these forest areas, as grazing is a cost-effective method for keeping shrubs and other undergrowth low. I argue that in trying to accommodate grazing in the forest, policy makers struggle to juggle Bedouin land claims via continuous use and cultural connection to the land. Throughout the papers I affirm the performance of Israeli settler colonialism through the making of the natural environment. I assert that the tendency towards forest and grazing regulation, also articulated in planning policy, represents a move beyond the ‘era of pioneering’ towards a more formal type of society.  I conclude by contending that the multiple spaces and temporalities presented in the paper’s case studies are indicative of contradictory narratives in the portrayal of the Naqab is and thus assemble as a necessity of the settlement ambition.

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Stockholm: Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, 2023. s. 128
Serie
Meddelanden från Kulturgeografiska institutionen vid Stockholms universitet, ISSN 0585-3508 ; 164
Emneord
Settler colonial studies, posthumanism, political ecology, transhumance, frontier, Negev/Naqab, Israel/Palestine
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
geografi med kulturgeografisk inriktning
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212477 (URN)978-91-8014-122-2 (ISBN)978-91-8014-123-9 (ISBN)
Disputas
2023-01-27, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2023-01-02 Laget: 2022-12-07 Sist oppdatert: 2022-12-21bibliografisk kontrollert

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