The Reproduction of Settler Colonialism in Palestine
University of Wollongong, AU
Marcelo Svirsky is a researcher and teacher at the School for Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, Australia. He studies settler-colonial societies particularly Israel, and focuses on questions of social transformation and decolonisation.
Critical scholarship on Israel/Palestine tends to focus on conceptualising the settler colonial practices that characterise this conflict, but have failed to account for how these practices are reproduced and sustained over time. To address this gap, rather than focusing on Israel’s quantifiable strengths such as military might, the use of law, the economy, and diplomacy, this article investigates the reciprocal relations between the formation of Israeli modes of being or subjectivities, on the one hand, and the generation and distribution of settler colonial usufruct, on the other. The examination of the processes of subjectivity formation in their settler colonial register on the side of the coloniser enables to understand how the circuits of settler colonial power endure, in this particular case.