chapter  5
28 Pages

Managing populations and resisting management

This project argues that both subjectification and resistance to it occur through the gendered body and that in order to understand the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories it is necessary to understand how women experience subjectification and enact resistance to it. In that spirit, this chapter, and the two that come after it, sets out to answer several questions. What are the elements that make up the occupation? How does occupation function and what supports it? How is it that the present form occupation takes has come to be? How does occupation form Palestinian woman as a de facto subject? In turn, how does Palestinian women’s resistance function? How has the historical present of their resistance had an impact on the way resistance is conceived? How does their resistance challenge their subjectification? These chapters endeavour to explore these questions in order to establish models of the inseparable apparatuses of occupation and resistance for Palestinian women.