By Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh

17 b/w pictures, 1 map during this wealthy, evocative research, Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh examines the altering notions of sexuality, kin, and copy between Palestinians dwelling in Israel. Distinguishing itself amid the media maelstrom that has homogenized Palestinians as "terrorists," this crucial new paintings deals a fancy, nuanced, and humanized depiction of a gaggle rendered invisible regardless of its colossal dimension, now accounting for almost twenty percentage of Israel's inhabitants. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking, Birthing the state contextualizes the politics of copy inside of modern concerns affecting Palestinians, and areas those concerns opposed to the backdrop of a dominant Israeli society.

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Even my close family transcends the boundaries of my village— one of my uncles and one aunt live in Nazareth; another uncle lives in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Many of my female cousins have also married outside our village and have extensive networks of relatives and friends in the various places they have settled. I went to five schools (including two regional magnet schools) in three locales between kindergarten and twelfth grade and have stayed in touch with friends from each of them. My father is a well-known doctor and has numerous professional contacts.

Indeed, I suggest 22 Introduction that my analyses may offer an approach useful in the study of other societies and may provide an important angle from which to view life beyond the Galilee. I hope to illuminate some of the cohesive forms of political, economic, and social structures in which family planning has emerged as a central category of distinction, domination, and contestation in the Galilee. Modernization has inserted itself in profound ways. Nationalism, economic transformations, medical regulation, new forms of social stratification, and changing gender relations have strikingly been articulated through discourses and practices of reproduction.

Once when I opened my wallet and our wedding photo fell out, an acquaintance remarked, “Oh, you’re still 7. I will spare you the litany of instances in which I was interrogated during my research. I have incorporated the more interesting and (for me) telling instances in the body of the narrative. Introduction 15 carrying his photo around. ” People pointedly asked after my husband’s health. They frequently said, “You’re so lucky that he lets you go away for so long,” simultaneously conveying admiration for my husband’s broad-mindedness and tactfully accepting my cover-up story about research rather than confronting me about our alleged divorce.

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