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Arnon Degani

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Email    arnondeg@gmail.com
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Fields of Study

Colonialism; Settler-Colonialism; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Currently I am interested in how the mechanisms of the Israeli state prior to 1967 contributed to the incorporation of the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel into the Israeli body politic. Methodologically, I have a bias towards extensive archival research of the Israeli civic and military bureaucracy which contain many small instances where the system was challenged by individual people and unforeseen circumstances. These vignettes reveal the daily struggles the Palestinian-Arab citizens faced but also shed light on the inner logic of Zionism. Analytically, my research utilizes a particular reading of the theoretical literature of settler colonial studies which takes note of the historical tendency of settler colonial societies to enact inclusive political frameworks with remnants of the indigenous population.


"From Republic to Empire: Israel and the Palestinians Since 1948." In Cavanaugh and Veracini (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism (Routledge 2016): 353-367.

"The decline and fall of the Israeli Military Government, 1948–1966: a case of settler-colonial consolidation?." Settler Colonial Studies 5, no. 1 (2015): 84-99.

"They Were Prepared: The Palestinian Arab Scout Movement 1920–1948." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 41, no. 2 (2014): 200-218.


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