(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

An anatomy of symbolic power : Israeli road-sign policy and the Palestinian minority

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BIGON L. (1) ; DAHAMSHE A. (2) ;
(1) European Studies, The Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, ISRAEL
(2) Minerva Humanities Center and Cohn Institute, Univ., Tel Aviv, ISRAEL


The focus of this paper is on the visual and linguistic representations of Arabic and Hebrew toponyms in the Israeli road-sign system of the Galilee region. They will be examined in terms of positioning and organisation, landscape salience, and modes of transcript. Embracing Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of ‘symbolic power’, our detailed analysis exposes the very anatomy of a bipartite rhetorical policy on the part of Israeli governmental agencies: on the one hand is spatial exclusion of the Palestinian memory through various visual and linguistic manipulations, tactics, and mechanisms at the expense of its own rich toponymic corpus. On the other, there is the establishment of the identity and related imagery of the Hebrew-speaking majority, which supports the Zionist project, regional consciousness, and spatial appropriation


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no4 [pp. 606-621]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 7 ill.



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