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Ram, Moriel (2014) 'White But not Quite: Normalizing Colonial Conquests through Spatial Mimicry.' Antipode, 46 (3). pp. 736-753.

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Abstract

Mimicry's role in the way social identities are constructed and deconstructed has considerably enriched our understanding of various power relations. However, as a spatial practice, mimicry has received scant consideration. In what ways can space itself become an object of mimicry? What strategies and practices are involved in the process and what is their political objective? The current paper deals with these questions by focusing on the processes of mimetic spatial production bent on turning Mount Hermon, an occupied territory under Israel's control, into “an ordinary” western ski resort. Yet this concerted effort to normalize a colonial space encountered different kinds of tensions and contradictions that provide a test case to the convoluted ways in which mimicry of space, and not just in space, continually generates various forms of slippage, excess and ambivalences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: mimicry, Zionism, occupation, colonialism, material incongruities, whiteness, Hermon
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 14678330
Copyright Statement: © 2013 The Author. Antipode © 2013 Antipode Foundation Ltd. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Antipode published by Wiley https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12071
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12071
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 12:31
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31013

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