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Salih, Ruba, Zambelli, Elena and Welchman, Lynn (2021) '‘From Standing Rock to Palestine We are United’: diaspora politics, decolonisation and the intersectionality of struggles.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44 (7). pp. 1135-1153.

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This article analyses a form of diasporic activism that breaks the seeming duality between diasporic imaginaries and colonial realities, diasporas and refugees. By focusing on the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) it analyses a diasporic standpoint which is not confined to identity politics, nor to the Palestinian nationalist struggle of territorial liberation, but conceives of Palestine as one of the most visible, present-day materialisations of Western colonial modernity. The condition of this diasporic political subjectivity lies in what we call here an “intersectional ‘space of appearance’”: an affective multi-sited political space that exposes and makes visible the continuum of systems of subjugation and expropriation across liberal democracies and settler-colonial regimes, and the whiteness of mainstream activist spaces. This space encompasses key sites of Black, Indigenous, Arab and Muslim mobilization: from Ferguson to Standing Rock, from the Mexico-US border to Palestine and Palestinian camps, from Tunis to Paris.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Diaspora, Palestinian youth, decolonization, space of appearance, anti-colonialism, intersectionality
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ISSN: 01419870
Copyright Statement: © 2020 Informa UK Limited. This is an original manuscript / preprint of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 7/07/2020, available online:
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 07:21
Funders: European Union

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