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Occupied LivesMaintaining Integrity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank$
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Nina Gren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166952

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166952.001.0001

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Living with Violence and Insecurity

Living with Violence and Insecurity

(p.61) 2 Living with Violence and Insecurity
Occupied Lives

Nina Gren

American University in Cairo Press

Chapter 2 investigates some themes related to resilience and ‘an extended normality’ under crisis. In the political void the camp inhabitants found themselves in, some events and behavior related to the violence that in ‘non-occupied time’ would be considered abnormal needed to be reframed as normal to be rendered manageable. On the other hand, some events, such as violent and premature deaths of fellow Palestinians, remained extraordinary and were therefore accentuated by the belief in martyrdom so as to be comprehensible and at least partly meaningful. The main argument is that normalizing processes were not without contradictions and that Dheishehans were thrown between extremes. The chapter also discusses the challenges, for instance, outbreaks of panic and deep mistrust, which emerged as camp inhabitants attempted to maintain hope and personal sanity and failed to deal with calamities. The local concept sumud is discussed as an important tool when practicing resilience.

Keywords:   Resilience, Normalizing processes, Premature death, Martyrdom, Panic, Mistrust, Hope, Sumud

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