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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Crampton


There is no such state as Palestine. But nearly 70 years after the termination of the British mandate for Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel, Palestine remains a home for the Palestinian. It is an identity not dependent on the existence of a Palestinian state, nor arrested by the presence of an Israeli one. Palestinians have a home relationship with Palestine, where home is a sense of belonging that comes from within, that isn’t earned and given, but personal and chosen, even while it is communal. Home is a self-determined relationship of person to place. The relationships of Palestinians with Palestine are complicated and inconsistent, but I contend that the complications and inconsistencies of understanding Palestine as home functions as a spatial strategy of holding out for justice. Where home is an intensely personal attachment with effects that vary between individuals, the nation-state seeks to create a matrix relationship between nations and territories that defines those who belong to the exclusion of all others. The persistence of Palestinian home relationships with Palestine stand argument against a nation-state world order founded on the idea that certain people belong natively to certain place.

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