Confined offline, traversing online Palestinian mobility through the prism of the Internet

Aouragh, M. 2011. Confined offline, traversing online Palestinian mobility through the prism of the Internet. Mobilities. 6 (3), pp. 375-397.

TitleConfined offline, traversing online Palestinian mobility through the prism of the Internet
AuthorsAouragh, M.
Abstract

The massive Palestinian exodus of the 1948 Nakba left a deep imprint in the Palestinian soul. These forced traversals – as well as the recurring flights in 1956, 1967, 1982 and more – transformed the meaning of ‘mobility’ in Palestinian discourse. Mobility is naturally adjoined to immobility. The emergence of Palestinian internet helped to overcome immobility and isolation. The remote and fragmented Palestinian nation started to reunite through websites, chatting and emailing. Cyberspace and online networks suggest new conceptual interpretations—Virtual Mobility. The internet presents a platform for the belated memoirs to be told. This article analyses the Palestinian internet production and consumption and illustrates how virtual mobility is a particular phenomenon for displaced communities. Applying a simultaneous offline and online methodology this article is based on research data based on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

JournalMobilities
Journal citation6 (3), pp. 375-397
ISSN1745-0101
YearSep 2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17450101.2011.590036
Publication dates
PublishedSep 2011

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