Human Ecology

, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 933–935 | Cite as

Emily McKee: Dwelling in Conflict. Negev Landscapes and the Boundaries of Belonging

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016, (ISBN 9780804798303) Price $24.95 (paperback). x+264 pages, index
  • Tanya J. King

Rarely does an ethnography simultaneously provoke intellectual and theoretical engagement, invite a carefully balanced rethinking of an aforethought intractable conflict, and contain such beautifully crafted prose as to inspire furious page-turning. Emily McKee’s, Dwelling in Conflict: Negev Landscapes and the Boundaries of Belonging, does all of this and more. Indeed, it is one of the most engaging works of ethnography I have read in many years, and I have made it mandatory reading for my course in Environmental Anthropology. Some readers may take issue with McKee’s presentation of land disputes between Arab and Jewish Israelis in the Negev desert. The book does not, however, explicitly take a side in the conflict. Rather, readers come away from Dwelling in Conflictwith a nuanced appreciation of how day-to-day interactions among Bedouin Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel are filtered through the lenses of history, narrative, memory, stigma, pride, family and heritage, agency and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia

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