Genealogies of Conflict

Israel/Palestine and South Africa are sites of two of the most persistent conflicts on Earth. By comparing them, the book shows that while the two share similar patterns of coloniazation, they developed opposite approaches to the relations between indegenous peoples and immigrants.

Ran Greenstein, Genealogies of Conflict, Wesleyan University Press, 1995.

Palestine/Israel and South Africa are sites of two of the most persistent conflicts on Earth. By comparing their historical formation from the earliest stages of settlement, the book shows that while they share similar patterns, they developed opposite approaches to the relations between indigenous peoples and immigrants.

Focusing on collective identity Greenstein explains how the development of exclussionary policies in Palestine/Israel were the outcome of the formation of two national groups with their own distinct institutions.

In South Africa, policies of incorporation reflected on the growing awareness that the social and political interpenetration among different groups created a unified though highly inegalitarian society.


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