Subjectification in the First Palestinian Intifada

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639823
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671724 | DOI:
Subjectification in the First Palestinian Intifada

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This chapter addresses the question of subjectification, which is a central aspect of a democratic politics. The particular subjectification considered in this chapter is that of the Palestinian rights movement during the first Palestinian intifada, which started in December 1987. It concentrates on the early years of the intifada, from 1987 to 1989. The empowerment of Palestinians by their stone-throwing youth is particularly relevant to their presupposition of equality. The demonstrations and stone-throwing were only the most visible manifestations of the first intifada. The first Palestinian intifada presents one of the great recent examples of subjectification as Jacques Rancière envisions it. Subjectification does not display only the emergence of a collective subject. The second intifada was hierarchical, violent, and nonparticipatory. Subjectification is co-extensive with the existence of people acting collectively out of the presupposition of their equality.

Keywords: subjectification; democratic politics; Palestinian rights movement; Palestinian intifada; equality; Jacques Rancière; second intifada; Palestinians

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