“It’s Not a Normal Life We Lead”: The Stories of Palestinian Youth

Phillip L. Hammack

in Narrative and the Politics of Identity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394467
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863488 | DOI:
“It’s Not a Normal Life We Lead”: The Stories of Palestinian Youth

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This chapter applies the analytic strategy in Chapter 3 to the question of contemporary Palestinian identity development. It examines the form, thematic content, and ideological setting(s) of the master narrative of Palestinian history and identity. It presents four case analyses in which this relationship between the big stories of a collective and the small stories constructed by youth is queried. This provides another window into the cultural psychology of identity—the process by which individuals construct identities in and through an engagement with “culture,” understood primarily through the provision of linguistic “tools,” such as narrative, that specify possibilities for social practice.

Keywords: Palestinian identity; master narrative; youth; cultural psychology; Palestinian history

Chapter.  19632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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