A Resolute Display

Culture, Life and Intersectional Identity in Israeli Druze Photography

in Anthropology of the Middle East
Lindsey Pullum Indiana University Bloomington lbpullum@indiana.edu

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In this article, I analyse a collection of photographs from the Israeli Druze village Daliyat al-Carmel during the summer of 2015. I locate these photographs of Druze life within the current movement of Israeli/Palestinian photography and mobilise this photographic archive as a form of decolonisation and visual critique relating to the Israeli state. Through a close analysis of photographs documenting residents and activities of Daliyat al-Carmel from the 1930s to the 1970s, I argue photographs of Druze unsettle dominant tropes within Israeli and Palestinian visual discourse. The result is the production of an expanded visibility, which nuances our understanding of Arab Israeli life after 1948 and the intersectionality of the Druze community in terms of culture and Israeli-Palestinian relationships.

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Lindsey Pullum is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Jewish Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Her work focuses on repertoires of violence and state approved performances of belonging. Her dissertation examines sites of negotiations for national belonging amongst Druze within Israel and the Golan Heights, such as food, military service and tourism. Email: lbpullum@indiana.edu

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