Negotiations of Memory and Space

Daniel Lefkowitz

in Words and Stones

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195121902
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788347 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics

 Negotiations of Memory and Space

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This chapter starts by tracing strands of current discourse of modern Israel and Palestine back to their historical antecedents. It approximates a genealogy of everyday interactions in Haifa — interactions that draw meaning from the history of settlement and resettlement. The daily physical, political, and discursive contestations over identity are traced out as they are played out across urban space — buildings being razed; streets being renamed; wealth moving uphill; Arabs replacing Jews replacing Arabs in downtown neighborhoods. These struggles over space have generated spatial symbols of identity — from the appearance of homes to the language of newspapers — and mirror, constitute, and constrain the negotiation of identity.

Keywords: Israel; Palestine; identity; Haifa; Jews; language

Chapter.  14412 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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