chapter  5
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The Partition Plans

Barbara Bender argued that identities may be ‘created and disputed’ in landscapes.2 Inherent in this statement is territoriality, defined by Aharon Kellerman as people’s attachment to spaces, which, as Robert David Sack wrote, is more than biologically motivated, and is amply exemplified by the bitter Arab-Jewish conflict in Mandate Palestine, and Britain’s role in it. Hence, John A. Agnew’s analysis of political geography as the study of the uneven distribution of power over the earth is relevant here. Power is geographically manifested by boundaries, by the control of powerful States and empires over the less powerful, and by the material and emotional connections that people make between themselves and territories they inhabit, thus limiting access to them.3 Yi-Fu Tuan has also shown that ‘power is creativity’.4 Gregory’s ‘maps of an intellectual landscape’, give equal prominence to economics and political economics, as geography is the spatial expression of its ‘strategic encounters’ with anthropology, sociology and economics. Specific societies produce specific geographies.5