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Marred by political tumult and violent conflict since the early twentieth century, Gaza has been subject to a multiplicity of rulers. Still not part of a sovereign state, it would seem too exceptional to be a revealing site for a study of government. Ilana Feldman proves otherwise. She demonstrates that a focus on the Gaza Strip uncovers a great deal about how government actually works, not only in that small geographical space but more generally. Gaza’s experience shows how important bureaucracy is for the survival of government. Feldman analyzes civil service in Gaza under the British Mandate (1917–48) and the Egyptian Administration (1948–67). In the process, she sheds light on how governing authority is produced and reproduced; how government persists, even under conditions that seem untenable; and how government affects and is affected by the people and places it governs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. Introduction. Government Practice and the Place of Gaza
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part One. Producing Bureaucratic Authority
  1. 2. Ruling Files
  2. pp. 31-62
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  1. 3. On Being a Civil Servant
  2. pp. 63-90
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  1. 4. Civil Service Competence and the Course of a Career
  2. pp. 91-120
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  1. Part Two. Tactical Practice and Government Work
  1. 5. Service in Crisis
  2. pp. 123-154
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  1. 6. Servicing Everyday Life
  2. pp. 155-188
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  1. 7. Community Services and Formations of Civic Life
  2. pp. 189-218
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  1. 8. Conclusion. Gaza and an Anthropology of Government
  2. pp. 219-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-296
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-326
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822389132
Related ISBN
9780822342229
MARC Record
OCLC
1097284383
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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