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Language of political socialization: language of resistance

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This paper discusses the notion of language as resistance for Palestinian children living in the West Bank. Drawing from the global/local language discourse, children constructed meaning of language that echoed the Palestinian political environment. The study examines the Palestinian children's language usage and language meaning as a method of political resistance, resilience and reworking. Children's conceptualization of language meaning emerged from discussion of the diversity of naming and strategies of resistance. Data for the study was drawn from the interviews of 12 Palestinian children (six females and six males) 11-13 years of age from cities, villages, and refugee camps in the West Bank.

Keywords: Palestinian children; community speech; jihad; language of political socialization; language of resistance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Center, Tulsa, OK, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2008


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