The political geography of ethnic protest: Nationalism, deprivation and regionalism among Arabs in Israel

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Abstract

Past research on protest and conflict among 'homeland' ethnic minorities has concentrated mainly on ethno-national and socio-economic deprivation and has focused only rarely on the influence of politico-geographical factors such as planning policies, ethnic geography, the human reconstruction of social and political space, and the emergence of ethnic regionalism. This paper shows that Arab protest in the Galilee has been influenced by the former set of causes as well as by the region's evolving ethnic geography and by Israel's discriminatory planning policies. The combination of these factors and the continuing (social, cultural and political) reconstruction of Arab space as 'Israel' are spawning Arab regionalism on both state-wide and regional-specific levels. Arab regional protest is focused on national, deprivation and regional land issues, and on recent Arab calls and actions for increased ethnic autonomy which have taken concrete-territorial form in Arab places and regions. These phenomena represent the foundation of a new Arab-Palestinian collective identity in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-110
Number of pages20
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Volume22
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997

Keywords

  • Ethnic protest
  • Ethnic regionalism
  • Israel arab-jewish relations
  • Palestinians
  • Spatial policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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