Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Separation and Fragmentation: The Policy of Closure in Palestine
Julie Peteet devoted her residency to writing a draft of a book on the closure and fragmentation of Palestine. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted over a five-year period, her project focused on the impact of an eight-meter-high cement wall erected in the West Bank. The Israeli side, she notes, contains blocks of Jewish settlements. In contrast, the wall has separated Palestinian villages from each other as well as from their agricultural lands. Her proposed book examines Palestinian mobility as a scarce commodity and the use of closure tactics as a form of social control. The fact that women can move through checkpoints more quickly than men has marginalized males. This, she notes, correlates with an increase in violence against women. Dr. Peteet arrived in June with boxes of field notes and interviews. By the time she left in August, she had made great progress on five of the eight chapters, during what she described as “a most productive and enjoyable fellowship.” Her tenure also enabled her to keep abreast of the growing body of literature on this subject.
Affiliation at time of award:
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville
Sponsored by Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation