At the limits of the human: reading Postraciality from Palestine

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian*

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Drawing from David Goldberg’s attentiveness to racism and ‘postraciality’, I read the role of racial violence and terror in the making of Palestine and the Palestinians. The paper shows how Goldberg’s book unsettles racialized convictions of postraciality, and deconstructs the uncompromising global narrative of race. Following Goldberg’s analysis, this paper challenges racialized Zionist ideologies by considering how we might understand the marking of Palestinian homes, bodies, and lives that have become sites of racialized incarceration and brutality through the process of Israeli settler colonialism. I suggest that there is a need to pay close attention to mundane, everyday modes of suffering in order to understand the postraciality of racial suffering in the context of Palestine. I explore how the equation of Palestinians with non-humans requires them either to disappear or submit to racialized exercises of power. These questions allow us to critically analyze postraciality in the context of those living at the limits of humanity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2252-2260
Number of pages9
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number13
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2016

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  • Palestine
  • Palestinians
  • Postraciality
  • Zionism
  • dismemberment
  • non-human
  • racial thingification


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