Nationalism and Resistance: The Two Faces of Everyday Activism in Palestine during the Intifada

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"In a review of anthropological studies of "resistance," Ortner has criticized work in this area for its "refusal of ethnographic thickness" (1995:174), symptomatic of which are a "thinning of culture" (1995:180-183) and "dissolving of the subject" (1995:183-187). The refusal's effect, and Ortner's main concern, is a systematic failure in this area to register and represent the ambiguity of political activity classified as "resistance" (1995:175). The current study registers doubt about the inverse certainties that Ortner's critique implicitly erects: that "ethnographic thickness" will invariably reveal ambiguity, regardless of context; and that accounts that register ambiguity represent ethno- graphic complexities more holistically and fully."

"Nationalism and Resistance: The Two Faces of Everyday Activism in Palestine during the Intifada," Iris Jean-Klein (83).

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