chapter  2
55 Pages

Jewish Places

Human geographers have, for some time, stressed the importance of the relationship between place and the self: place lets ‘people gain a sense of who they are’ and ‘space helps tell their place in the world’ (Pile 1996, 6). This relationship is not only dependent on the perception of the individual, it is also contingent on their being ‘placed’ by others. It is through being addressed that the subject is ‘marked as belonging to a particular place in society’ (ibid. 249). Judith Butler has argued that by ‘being interpellated’ we are put into our place and that hate speech is an extreme form of this (1997). Metaphors such as ‘being in place’ or ‘feeling out of place’ further signal the centrality of the concept of place in the development of an individual’s sense of self.