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The Incorporated Prison: Living Beyond Detention

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A History of Confinement in Palestine: The Prison Web

Abstract

Prison confinement has had a profound effect on personal experiences. For many, prison has, over time, been incorporated. On the one hand, what I qualify as military mises-en-scene and the harsh treatment of military justice have contributed to a heroic subjectivation of young men, and lately of young women, increased by social networks and generational modes of communication. They operate in a similar way as the new prison management, relying on the productive dimension of power by working on distinction, playing on egos. Heroic subjectivation is jeopardizing the future of a generation all the more as youth arrests have recently increased, especially in Jerusalem. On the other hand, the iconic masculinity of prisoners, the prison experience of men and women has become an opportunity to build balanced relationships, breaking with certain social norms and gender roles. The increased porosity between Inside and Outside helped maintain and build bonds beyond prison. Individual and emotional bonds have been reinvented by the collective, through sharing and political resignifications of personal relations and intimacy. Finally, a web of ties and common, subversive and extended and alternative parentality have responded to the grip of the prison web thanks to dematerialized and technological means: those of radio waves, cellphones, digital and reproductive technologies.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    They are only wrapped in rubber.

  2. 2.

    In 2002, with the Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said and the former peace negotiator in Madrid Haidar Abdel Shafi, among others, Mustafa Barghouti created the Palestinian National Initiative in order to propose a third way between Fatah and the PLO parties, and Hamas and the Islamic parties.

  3. 3.

    Nablus, July 7, 2012.

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    Qaddura Camp, Ramallah, November 2, 2010.

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    Ramallah, November 7, 2018.

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    This “voir ensemble (seeing together)” analyzed by Jean-Toussaint Dessanti (Mondzain 2003).

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    East Jerusalem, May 28, 2015.

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    Ramallah, July 11, 2012.

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    Ramallah, July 16, 2012.

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    Facebook post, February 2, 2018.

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    Salah Hamouri, Ramallah, July 11, 2012.

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    East Jerusalem, October 22, 2016.

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    Jerusalem, December 3, 2019.

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    Al-Amari camp, Ramallah, April 26, 2011.

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    July 25, 2012.

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    Majdal Shams, July 25, 2014.

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    Ramallah, July 16, 2012.

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    Op. cit.

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    Nablus, July 10, 2012.

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    The notion of hegemonic masculinity developed by Raewyn Connell is a configuration of practices, not simply a set of expectations or an “identity” that allows the reproduction of male domination (Connell and Messerschmidt 2015). While it has allowed us to understand the plurality of masculinities, it remains permeated by the prism of domination limiting the analysis. Moreover, it remains difficult to characterize given the highly localized, historical, and shifting dimension of what in various societies might be defined as hegemonic masculinity.

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    East Jerusalem, July 26, 2012.

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    In short, everything that has to do with care and solicitude. Developed by Feminist Studies since the 1990s, this concept includes both the study of ignored social practices and a methodological, theoretical, epistemological, and political approach around the ethics of care centered on the idea of vulnerability and attention to all human life, and more widely to the world.

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    Kfar Saba, May 07, 2009.

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    Women in Struggle, op. cit.

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    Kufr ‘Aqab, East Jerusalem, October 22, 2011.

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    Ramallah, April 14, 2010.

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    Sawsan, Nablus, April 21, 2010.

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    Ofer, November 8, 2015.

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    Kufr ‘Aqab, East Jerusalem, October 22, 2011.

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    Salah Hamouri, Ramallah, July 14, 2012.

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    East Jerusalem, May 28, 2015.

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    Farid, East Jerusalem, July 24, 2012.

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    Reported by the Palestinian NGO, TRC (Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture).

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    Ramallah, October 30, 2016.

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    Sami, Ramallah, July 16, 2012.

  36. 36.

    Idem.

  37. 37.

    Sami, Ramallah, July 16, 2012.

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    Echoing the title of the poem written in prison by Tawfiq Zayyad, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who was a Communist MP.

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    The March 12, 2011 show.

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    The August 18, 2010 show.

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    The August 4, 2010 show.

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    The August 18, 2010 show.

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    Ramallah, April 14, 2010.

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    Ramallah, October 31, 2011.

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    East Jerusalem, July 24, 2012.

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    Nablus, July 09, 2012.

  47. 47.

    “Asra al-huriyeh,” August 4, 2010.

  48. 48.

    Ramallah, April 14, 2010.

  49. 49.

    Dobrin v. Israel Prison Service, HCJ 2245/06.

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    Dr. Abu Khazairan, Bethlehem, December 10, 2013.

  51. 51.

    Idem.

  52. 52.

    Idem.

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    Acre, October 30, 2014.

  54. 54.

    See Latte Abdallah (2017 and 2022).

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Abdallah, S.L. (2022). The Incorporated Prison: Living Beyond Detention. In: A History of Confinement in Palestine: The Prison Web. The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-08709-7_7

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