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Tours That BindDiaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism$
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Shaul Kelner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748169

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748169.001.0001

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Contesting Claims

Contesting Claims

(p.47) 3 Contesting Claims
Tours That Bind

Shaul Kelner

NYU Press

This chapter delves into political and ethical issues involved in representing contested histories and territories, as visitors tour a land embroiled in conflict. Through ethnographic portraits of visits to the West Bank separation barrier and to the Golan Heights, it examines the contradictions inherent in efforts to represent the different voices of Israel's conflicts with the Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese. It draws out the implications of the finding that efforts to represent oppositional points of view are limited largely to the realm of the discursive, whereas Israeli perspectives are extended into the realm of the nondiscursive. This case is used to set forth principles for the analysis of tourism as a set of contextually rooted and interacting knowledge practices by which people come to know self, space, and community.

Keywords:   West Bank, Golan Heights, Israel, tourism, contested history, contested territory

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