Power Structure and Everyday Life: Constructing a Position Toward the ‘Other’ in Jewish–Palestinian Encounters

  • Dalya Yafa MarkovichEmail author


Studies devoted to intercultural programs and partnerships in conflict-ridden societies usually examine the process of acknowledgment along ethnic, race, and professional lines, while failing to address the contingent terms through which the ‘Other’ is positioned and interpreted. Findings from an ethnographic research at an intercultural program that offered a space for engagement for Palestinian and Jewish educational trainees in a college in Israel suggest that the process of acknowledgment mostly occurred when the Palestinian students were able to define their Jewish counterparts as part of the ‘normal’ everyday life, as opposed to the ‘non-normal’ everyday life in the ‘Territories’. This binary, functional, boundary became a process of adjustment that enabled the Palestinian participants to maintain both coexistence with the Jews and loyalty with their community. Thus, these findings deepen our understanding of the monolithic notion that understands the process of acknowledgment as a positive, solid, and complete moral attitude by exposing the web of forces and power relations that mediate and construct it.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationBeit Berl CollegeKfar SabaIsrael

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