The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the "Evacuation Trauma"

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The evacuations of settlements in a colonial situation can represent moments of potential rupture and reversal of a political order rooted in dispossession. In the case of Israel/Palestine, however, such moments are characterized by the re-articulation and re-legitimization of the settler colonial enterprise. This takes place through the development of a specific moral economy founded on the political mobilization of trauma. Drawing attention to the multifaceted ways in which the evacuations of the colonies are translated by different social actors into a moral inversion –where the evacuated dispossessor becomes a traumatized victim– allows us to grasp one of the dominant moral imaginaries in Israel’s settler colonial model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49
Number of pages74
JournalHistory of the Present
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Israeli evacuations
  • moral economy
  • trauma
  • dispossession
  • settler colonialism


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