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Struggling for a Just PeaceIsraeli and Palestinian Activism in the Second Intifada$
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Maia Carter Hallward

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036526

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036526.001.0001

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Identity in Action: Peacebuilding as Category Formation

Identity in Action: Peacebuilding as Category Formation

(p.107) 5 Identity in Action: Peacebuilding as Category Formation
Struggling for a Just Peace

Maia Carter Hallward

University Press of Florida

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

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