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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Prologue: Approaching a Permanent State of Emergency
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 10-34
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  1. 2. “Gaza Is Ruled by a Child”: The Intifada and the Rhetoric of Generation
  2. pp. 35-74
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  1. 3. Between Romance and Tragedy: A Balata Family Confronts the Present
  2. pp. 75-110
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  1. 4. The Secret Locations of Memory: Political Lessons at Home and in Prison
  2. pp. 111-140
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  1. 5. The Testing Grounds of Memory: Social Inversion at School and in the Streets
  2. pp. 141-162
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  1. 6. “In the Beginning . . . but Afterward . . .”: Moral Chronologies and Reassessments of the Intifada
  2. pp. 163-210
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  1. 7. Postscript: A Permanent State of Emergency (continued)
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Appendix. The Intifada: A Brief Overview
  2. pp. 229-233
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-252
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  1. Glossary of Arabic Terms
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-284
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 285
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