Hope in Hebron: The Political Affects of Activism in a Strangled City

Griffiths, Mark (2017) Hope in Hebron: The Political Affects of Activism in a Strangled City. Antipode, 49 (3). pp. 617-635. ISSN 0066-4812

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12301


The negative affects of this violent occupation—fear, threat, humiliation—quell hope, setting limits on the potentials of political agency. This article documents the corporeality of the Occupation in Hebron, evoking the body as materially contingent to explore agential capacities within the delimiting affects of the violent sensorium. Drawing on fieldwork with Palestinian activists engaged in providing political tours of Hebron, I argue that by reappropriating the violent affects of occupation, this form of activism demonstrates agency that resists “political depression”. Theoretically, I argue further, at hand is an empirical account of the “autonomy of affect” giving rise to critical hope amid a sensorium of fear. The research presented, therefore, contributes to addressing a key question for resistance in Palestine (and beyond): how fear—a predominant affective register of contemporary politics—might be harnessed towards (renewed) political agency and resistance to oppression.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Griffiths, M. (2016) Hope in Hebron: The Political Affects of Activism in a Strangled City. Antipode which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anti.12301. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Griffiths
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28521

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