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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(4), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7040069

The Politics of Social Structures in the Palestinian Case: From National Resistance to Depoliticization and Liberalization

International Peace Studies Programme, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Received: 14 February 2018 / Revised: 2 April 2018 / Accepted: 16 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Politics of Peace and Conflict)
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Abstract

This article examines the role of Palestinian civil society organizations in resistance struggles against Israeli military occupation in the 1970s and 1980s. The research focuses on the civil society transformation and shift from national resistance in the politically motivated framework of Israeli–Palestinian conflict of the 1970s and 1980s to internal and depoliticized processes in the 1990s. The overall purpose of this study is to provide knowledge about the role of civil society organizations in Gaza and the West Bank in the Palestinian national struggle and promote a deeper understanding of the changing role of Palestinian civil society following the Oslo peace process in the 1990s. The research methods are based on a supportive and integrated combination of theory and field research including interviews with civil society and academic representatives. The main findings and conclusions suggest that the transformation of Palestinian nationalist and secular grassroots organizations and the shift towards depoliticization and liberalization in the 1990s is the result of the Oslo peace process and the subsequent creation of a Palestinian “liberal civil society” in response to the requirements of international donors and their liberalization agenda. View Full-Text
Keywords: Israeli–Palestinian conflict; civil society; national resistance; liberal peace; depoliticization Israeli–Palestinian conflict; civil society; national resistance; liberal peace; depoliticization
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Alashqar, Y. The Politics of Social Structures in the Palestinian Case: From National Resistance to Depoliticization and Liberalization. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 69.

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