Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Department

Geography

Sub-Department

College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Jessica Barnes

Abstract

Mobility in the West Bank is inherently tied to the Israeli military occupation. Each new stage of the decades old conflict comes with new implications for the way Palestinians move around the West Bank. The past years have seen a transition during which the severe mobility restrictions that constituted the closure policy of the second intifada eased and intercity travel has increased. In this study I examine day-to-day experiences of mobility in the West Bank in the post-closure period. In doing so I highlight the ways in which routine experiences of mobility, those with traffic, road hazards, and infrastructure, bring elements on the Israeli occupation to the forefront of Palestinian experiences and conscience. I suggest that some of the static boundaries and binaries that have formed the lens though which scholars have viewed Palestinian experiences miss complexities and dynamics that become hyper visible through an examination of the everyday

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