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Cynthia Enloe's Bananas, Beaches, And Bases

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Cynthia Enloe, in her book Bananas, Beaches, and Bases, once said: “Living as a nationalist feminist is one of the most difficult political projects in today’s world” (46). It is just this challenge that confronts many Palestinian women involved, either explicitly or implicitly, in the Palestinian national project. For in this project, they are doubly marginalised, both from the national movement with which they attempt to engage, and in the patriarchal structures that are reinforced by the militarisation of the national movement and its commemoration. However, women within the Palestinian liberation movement are not merely subjects of patriarchal and nationalistic authority; instead, they are agents within it and against it, sometimes in contradictory and simultaneous instances. Situating itself within an analysis of contemporary women’s experiences within Palestinian history and…show more content…
The Palestinians had a robust social, political, and class identity within Palestine; however, after the nakbah this life was systematically dismantled and reconstituted along national, radical, and traditionalist lines, the result of which is the new Palestinian-ness to which the national movement is oriented. Of course the Palestinian people existed before the nakbah, however, their consciousness was typical of agrarian peasants, based not in a national identity, but upon kinship ties, regional networks, and limited class solidarity (Sayigh, R., 13). This identity was perpetuated through many traditions and familial conditioning, which also formed the basis of extended kinship-solidarity networks (ibid.
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