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Lisa Strömbom

Lisa Strömbom

Associate professor

Lisa Strömbom

Exploring Prospects for Agonistic Encounters in Conflict Zones : Investigating Dual Narrative Tourism in Israel/Palestine

Author

  • Lisa Strömbom

Summary, in English

This article contributes to the emerging literature on possibilities to disseminate agonistic narratives in seemingly deadlocked conflict settings. In this context, conflict parties’ existence is often perceived as being under threat, which makes it demanding to question the current societal order. However, even in the most protracted of conflicts, narratives exist that challenge concurring understandings of identity. Efforts to communicate alternative narratives of identity and memory are the focus of this study, which has two foci: First, it creates a theoretical understanding of agonistic narratives as challenging antagonistic memory constructions in conflicted societies. These agonistic narratives are seen as potentially destabilizing boundary constructions in understandings of the past. Second, it performs an empirical excavation into a contemporary practice of such boundary rupture. It presents results from a study with interviews and participatory observation with guides working within alternative tourism in Israel and Palestine who try to present alternative narratives of the conflict to their audience. The case study thus investigates agonistic elements in these encounters, underlining the mixed logics underpinning the existence of alternative narrative tours in intractable conflicts. Furthermore, it delves into facilitating and inhibiting conditions for carrying out alternative narratives in settings of intractable conflict.

Department/s

  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2019-07-01

Language

English

Pages

75-93

Publication/Series

Alternatives

Volume

44

Issue

2-4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Globalization Studies

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0304-3754