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Sustaining ConflictApathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine$
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Katherine Natanel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285255

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285255.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Sustaining Conflict

Katherine Natanel

University of California Press

The introduction outlines the main puzzle of the book: the question of what lies beneath sentiments of political despair as expressed by leftist Jewish Israelis when confronted with the seeming intractability of conflict and violence in Israel-Palestine. After positioning the book within relevant regional and conceptual literature, the introduction posits apathy as a form of “active disengagement” rather than a lack or absence of care, adding texture and complexity to this political phenomenon. This section then argues for a methodological shift to the level of everyday life and micro-politics, detailing how gender analysis is particularly suited to interrupting normalcy and producing transformative interventions.

Keywords:   political despair, leftists, normalcy, apathy, active disengagement, conflict, everyday life, gender analysis, transformation, intervention

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