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Words as Interventions: Naming in the Palestine: Israel Conflict

Julie Peteet
Third World Quarterly
Vol. 26, No. 1, The Politics of Naming: Rebels, Terrorists, Criminals, Bandits and Subversives (2005), pp. 153-172
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3993769
Page Count: 20
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Words as Interventions: Naming in the Palestine: Israel Conflict
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Abstract

This paper examines the practice of naming events, actions, places and people in the Palestine-Israel conflict. It explores the way colonialism and the national project deploy transformations in naming to construct places and identities and craft widespread imaginaries about these places. Names form part of cultural systems that structure and nuance the way we imagine and understand the world. They embody ideological significance and moral attributes and can be consciously mobilised for various projects of power. Words and names reference a moral grammar that underwrites and reproduces power. As such, our analytical approaches to lexicons must be embedded in historical, political and cultural frameworks.

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