Enduring presents: Living a prison sentence as the wife of a detainee in Israel

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Abstract

I take Yasmin’s words as an invitation to explore the derivative consequences of Israeli securitization procedures regarding Palestinian detainees, focusing on the relatives of these detainees. The chapter1 revolves around three concerns. First, I elucidate how the Israeli securitization procedure of incarcerating Palestinians temporally structures the day-to-day existence of detainees’ wives. Second, I analyse how, contrary to the assumption of a redemptive aftermath of violence, these securitization procedures never permit the absence of the women’s husbands to fade into the background. Third, I convey how the husband’s absence and the violent events he is accused of are reactualised in each and every practice their wives must undertake if they wish to stay in touch with them. As a result, the women become captives of the immediate present, a present that can never become a future because, as soon as the women’s practices are completed, they must be repeated, thereby engendering a sort of temporal contraction (for comparison, see Kernaghan, this volume, 149). In this sense, the orientation and movement of time for detainees’ wives are structured by and around the securitization measures undertaken by Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTimes of Security
Subtitle of host publicationEthnographies of Fear, Protest and the Future
EditorsMartin Holbraad, Morten Axel Pedersen
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Chapter5
Pages122-140
Number of pages19
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780203077856
ISBN (Print)9780415628594
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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