A Space of Their Own: Social-Civil Discourses Among Palestinian-Israeli Women in Peace Organizations


Herzog, Hanna. 1999. “A Space of Their Own: Social-Civil Discourses Among Palestinian-Israeli Women in Peace Organizations.” Social Politics 6 (3): 344-69.

Author: Hanna Herzog


This article analyzes the way the marginality of Israeli-Arabs in general and women in particular within Israeli society trickles down into women's peace organizations, and how structures shape feminine and civil identity. Contextualizing women's narrative and rendering their cultural and historical specificity illuminates the singularity of their social position, which shapes a different feminist voice—one that is openly defiant toward the Jewish society but is also critical of its own community. Their location on the periphery of various social categories—citizenship, gender, national and local-community belonging—that demarcate the boundaries of identity and social affiliation results in multiple voices and solutions. This study is based on fifty in-depth interviews conducted in 1995 with Palestinian-Israeli women who were members of various peace organizations.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, NGOs, Peacebuilding Regions: MENA, Asia, Middle East Countries: Israel, Palestine / Occupied Palestinian Territories

Year: 1999

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