Occupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency by John CollinsOccupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency by John Collins

Occupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency

byJohn Collins

Paperback | December 1, 2004

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Occupied by Memory explores the memories of the first Palestinian intifada. Based on extensive interviews with members of the "intifada generation," those who were between 10 and 18 years old when the intifada began in 1987, the book provides a detailed look at the intifada memories of ordinary Palestinians.

These personal stories are presented as part of a complex and politically charged discursive field through which young Palestinians are invested with meaning by scholars, politicians, journalists, and other observers. What emerges from their memories is a sense of a generation caught between a past that is simultaneously traumatic, empowering, and exciting—and a future that is perpetually uncertain. In this sense, Collins argues that understanding the stories and the struggles of the intifada generation is a key to understanding the ongoing state of emergency for the Palestinian people. The book will be of interest not only to scholars of the Middle East but also to those interested in nationalism, discourse analysis, social movements, and oral history.

Title:Occupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of EmergencyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.73 inPublished:December 1, 2004Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814716385

ISBN - 13:9780814716380

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"A powerfully honest work and a tremendous contribution to the literature on memory and violence in the Middle East. Superbly narrated, Occupied by Memory is compassionate but not sentimental, theoretically astute, and empathetically written."

-Ussama Makdisi,author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon