This essay explores the evolving usage and meanings of normalcy (the routinization of daily life)—as opposed to normalization—during various phases of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with particular emphasis on the post-1967 period. It does so by highlighting how Palestinians and Israelis have understood and continue to perceive normalization both at the high politics level, as well as in their daily lives. In particular, it focuses on how conditions of perceived normalcy for Israelis have created conditions of instability for Palestinians.
Normalcy and Violence: The Yearning for the Ordinary in Discourse of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Salim Tamari is an urban sociologist at Birzeit University and editor of Jerusalem Quarterly, published by the Institute of Jerusalem Studies in Ramallah, an IPS affiliate. An earlier version of this essay was presented to the International Conference of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2011. The author thanks Geoff Schad for his critical reading of this essay.
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Salim Tamari; Normalcy and Violence: The Yearning for the Ordinary in Discourse of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 August 2013; 42 (4): 48–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2013.42.4.48
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