Over-stating Palestine's UN membership bid? An ethnographic study on the narratives of statehood

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Abstract

This study employs a select ethnography of Palestinian workers in the field of international law and human rights to explore how an epistemic community gives content and meaning to international law in its professional and personal life. Through a series of interviews conducted in the West Bank in the wake of the Palestinian attempt to gain full United Nations membership in September 2011, the article constructs a meta-narrative about the nature of international legal discourse as spoken on the Palestinian periphery. It shows how speakers of international law are required to restate or over-state the distinction between law and politics so as to sustain their hope and desire for Palestinian statehood in the face of despair about its protracted denial. The article then is an exploration about the politics of meaning making through international law and a call for methodological hybridity within the discipline of international law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-701
JournalEuropean Journal of International Law
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014

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