Chapter

Going to Court

Lisa Hajjar

in Courting Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241930
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520241930.003.0004
Going to Court

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This chapter discusses the courts as institutional settings and the kinds of interactive dynamics that happen there. It also elaborates on who occupies the space of the courtrooms and how, and illuminates how the national conflict is tangible as a material culture in this institutional setting. Family members of defendants represent a broad cross section of Palestinian society. In the courts, soldiers on guard duty exhibit an almost uniform disdain and hostility toward Palestinians. Defendants' lack of attention relates to their marginal role in the courtroom. The experience of going to court defies and contradicts what people want to glorify, honor, and remember about themselves and their world. People resisted going back there, even for a moment of remembering.

Keywords: courtrooms; national conflict; defendants; Palestinian society; interactive dynamics

Chapter.  7541 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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