No such thing as Peacetime: Notes on Gaza, Hannah Arendt and Cultural Studies

McRobbie, Angela. 2024. No such thing as Peacetime: Notes on Gaza, Hannah Arendt and Cultural Studies. European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494 [Article] (In Press)

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This comment piece, prompted by the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the terrible toll of lives of Gazan people following the Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October 2023, argues that the field of cultural studies has its origins in a notion of post-war peacetime and that this has created a vocabulary deficit in regard to war, genocide and state violence. Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall have confronted patterns of violence in regard to the urban environment and the policing of Black youth as well as the escalation in day-to-day authoritarianism and the rise of the right. There is a strong case to be made however for the field of cultural studies to more fully draw on political philosophy including Middle East scholarship to engage more directly with the politics of occupation, settler colonialism, neo-nationalism and the far right.

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Cultural studies, Gaza, genocidal violence, Israel, neo-nationalism, settler colonialism

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


20 April 2024Accepted
24 May 2024Published Online

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24 Apr 2024 09:52

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28 May 2024 13:57

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