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The Revolution Within
State Institutions and Unarmed Resistance in Palestine

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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108459129

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  • Why do some individuals participate in risky, anti-regime resistance whereas others abstain? The Revolution Within answers this question through an in-depth study of unarmed resistance against Israeli rule in the Palestinian Territories over more than a decade. Despite having strong anti-regime sentiment, Palestinians initially lacked the internal organizational strength often seen as necessary for protest. This book provides a foundation for understanding participation and mobilization under these difficult conditions. It argues that, under these conditions, integration into state institutions - schools, prisons and courts - paradoxically makes individuals more likely to resist against the state. Diverse evidence drawn from field research - including the first, large-scale survey of participants and non-participants in Palestinian resistance, Arabic language interviews, and archival sources - supports the argument. The book's findings explain how anti-regime resistance can occur even without the strong civil society organizations often regarded as necessary for protest and, thus, suggest new avenues for supporting civil resistance movements.

    • Focuses on the puzzle of individual participation in unarmed resistance to add important micro-foundations to the growing literature on nonviolent resistance
    • Explains participation in unarmed resistance among organizationally weak groups previously thought to lack the capacity for protest in order to expand our understanding of the conditions under which anti-regime protest will occur
    • Uses an integrative, mixed-method design, including the first large-scale survey of participation in Palestinian resistance and a wealth of other original data, which will appeal to both quantitative and qualitative scholars
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    'Zeira supports her innovative argument with never-before-collected survey data that is simply breathtaking in its ingenuity. Her representative sample of 650 Palestinian West Bank males in the target age bracket is the most innovative data collection effort I have seen in that region. Although many researchers have studied Palestinian rebellion during the first intifada, none has used her comprehensive, careful, sophisticated, survey methodology. The author brings best practices from political science and public health to the survey table, allowing her to present data, and analysis, of vital importance.' James Ron, Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs, University of Minnesota

    'This impressive study offers original and important insights about why some Palestinians participated in the first intifada while others did not. With evidence from extended and in-depth fieldwork, including but not limited to the design and conduct of a large-scale survey, Zeira both enriches our understanding of the political dynamics shaping Palestinian behavior and makes a significant contribution to collective action and social movement theory. Blending deep knowledge of the Palestinian case, a strong and original foundation of evidence, and a serious engagement with relevant theoretical literatures, Zeira makes a very important and original scholarly contribution.' Mark Tessler, Samuel J. Eldersveld Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108459129
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The rise of anti-regime resistance
    3. Educational institutions and participation in resistance
    4. Disciplinary institutions and participation in resistance
    5. Beyond state institutions: civil society and the coordination of resistance
    6. Conclusions
    7. Methodological appendix.

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    Yael Zeira, University of Mississippi
    Yael Zeira is Croft Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her research examines the causes and consequences of public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian and conflict settings, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her other research on this topic has been published in leading academic journals, including Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

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