Identity in Action: Peacebuilding as Category Formation

Maia Carter Hallward

in Struggling for a Just Peace

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036526
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041797 | DOI:
Identity in Action: Peacebuilding as Category Formation

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This chapter explores the mechanisms and strategies through which the groups of study challenge, maintain, or transcend geopolitical and identity boundaries in the course of their peace and justice activities. The chapter discusses in particular how three binational groups: the AIC, Panorama, and Ta'ayush constantly negotiate internal identity boundaries even as they negotiate external boundaries through their interaction with other groups and their broader socio-political contexts, as well as how Machsom Watch's role of monitoring checkpoints places the group in a unique position for observing social, political, and geographic boundaries. Drawing on primary interviews and observation of group activities in 2004–2005, it uses geopolitical theories, including Sack's theory of territoriality, to analyze the mechanisms used by each group independently before offering observations on territorial tendencies used across groups.

Keywords: boundaries; sack; identity; geopolitics; checkpoints; binational groups

Chapter.  17904 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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