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Captives of identity: the betrayal of intercultural cooperation

Svirsky, Marcelo 2011. Captives of identity: the betrayal of intercultural cooperation. Subjectivity 4 (2) , pp. 121-146. 10.1057/sub.2011.1

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n conditions of intense ethnic conflict, intercultural cooperation of individuals and groups might find itself beholden to the logic of identity: ethnic heads are counted, distributed and managed as the building blocks of cooperation. We are already familiar with the dyads: Jewish–Arab, Hindu–Muslim, Catholic–Protestant and so on. Accordingly, we face the choice of claiming identity either as opponents or as partners in conflict – other ways are ruled out. From a Deleuzian perspective, this means abandoning new lifestyles by resurrecting strata based on dominant identities. Such, I submit, is the case with Galilee – the Arab–Jewish Bilingual School established in 1998 as a radical form of cooperation in Israel/Palestine. By applying Deleuzian tools – in particular, the role Deleuze bestows upon infinitive verbs – I examine unrealised potentials for continuing transformation.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: interculturalism; identity; Deleuze; Guattari; infinitives; Israel/Palestine
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1755-6341
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:34

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