Criminality in spaces of death: The palestinian case study

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian*

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This study examines how Palestinian dead bodies and spaces of death in occupied East Jerusalem are 'hot spots' of criminality. The arguments raised challenge traditional hot-spot theories of crime that build their definition of criminality around official state statistics and information and visible spaces of crime. The paper offers a bottom-up analysis of crimes against the dead and their families in East Jerusalem, examining the manner in which modes of denial, the logic of elimination and accumulation by dispossession shape experiences of death and dying in a colonial context.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)38-52
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by IDRC (International Development Research Centre) Trauma, Peacebuilding and Development project, directed by Prof. Brandon Hamber, Director of INCOR, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.


  • Death and dying
  • Hot-spot theory of crime
  • Settler colonialism


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