To Live with What Would Otherwise be Unendurable, II

Michael M. J. Fischer

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
To Live with What Would Otherwise be Unendurable, II

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This chapter presents the results of new ethnographic work on Palestine and Israel, and the borderland of disorders, where there is strong resistance to third-party intervention, drawing attention to the critical importance of subjectivity, particularly the payoffs and feedbacks among registers of the political, psychological, and bodily selves. It contrasts the psychoanalytic and therapeutic discourses on the ethnographic situation in the area and the subtle choreography of emotion and gaming of the joint patrols with the seemingly thin responses and discourses of humanitarian intervention.

Keywords: borderland of disorder; Palestine; Israel; ethnographic work; third-party intervention; subjectivity; humanitarian intervention

Chapter.  7037 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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