Palestinians in Diaspora: An Ethnographic Study of Ethnic Identity Among Palestinian Families in Maryland

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ProQuest, 2007 - 339 pages
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Analysis focused on social identity practices of Palestinians living in the United States in the context of the unique cultural and political challenges of their history. It became clear that Palestinians in Maryland move fluidly between Muslim/Christian Palestinian, Arab, and American identities. An analysis of material culture explored the ways in which national, religious and social artifacts were of central importance to how Palestinians maintain, express and transfer identity. The study discovered that cultural artifacts contributed centrally to the unique identities of women and second generation Palestinians. Even as they struggle with the possibility of a disappearing homeland, the Palestinians in this study maintained a powerful connection to each other and their nation through their social practices and the material culture of their homes. Having the cultural artifacts ever present in the homes helped to bridge the gap between belongingness and homelessness to establish a sense of connection to their origins.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Historical Background and Palestinian Experience
13
The Construction of Palestinian Identity Outside their Homeland 29 Arabs and Palestinian Immigrants
30
Methods
65
Social Identity Practice of the Palestinians in Maryland
107
Cultural Artifacts in the Identity Formation for the Palestinians
153
Religious Artifacts
165
When We Go Back
193
Interview Questions for Parents
216
IRB Documentation
225
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