WAR AND REMEMBRANCE: AL-NAKBA AS A STRUCTURE IN THE PRESERVATION OF IDENTITY AND PALESTINIAN CONCIOUSNESS
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Israelis recognize the 1948 Arab-Israeli War as a war of independence. For the Palestinians, it is known as al-Nakba—the "Catastrophe". The war helped create the state of Israel while displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. However, al-Nakba, in the Palestinian consciousness, is not a singular event. It represents all that has encompassed the Palestinian struggle for justice since 1948. Al-Nakba is comprised of a set of shared beliefs, myths, commemorative practices and memories that form a functioning social structure that Palestinians utilize to preserve identity. Building on the structural theories of Raymond Williams and Patrick Wolfe, and by using oral testimony from Palestinian refugees and their descendants, this paper demonstrates that the ideas, themes and tropes that Palestinians use in order to understand, practice, maintain, and create identity, are part of an underlying social structure known as al-Nakba.
Al-NakbaArab Israeli WarIdentityMemoryPalestineStructure
McEachnie, RobertMassino, JillDalsheim, Joyce
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2020.
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