On Marginal People: The Case of the Palestinians in Israel

  • Ramzi Suleiman


Coping with an imposed and painful marginality is the fate assigned to Palestinians living inside Israel’s border, most of whom (but not all), are nominal Israeli citizens. The question addressed here is that of the meaning of this kind of citizenship, and the place of Palestinians within Israeli citizenry. What psychological consequences could this imposed marginality have, except anger and frustration? Identity is tied to collective memory, and this connection, having been examined in earlier chapters, is now looked at from a fresh perspective. The analysis presented here is both historical and psychological, and is far from detached. Ramzi Suleiman is both a sophisticated social psychologist, at home with prevailing theories and experiments, and a Palestinian who has experienced this imposed marginality all his life. This chapter offers a unique perspective both theoretically and personally.


Ethnic Identity Collective Identity Collective Memory Identity Space Social Identity Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramzi Suleiman
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  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael

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