Palestinian civil society and the struggle for self-determination: the impact of donor agendas

  • Author / Creator
    Alzaghari, Saleh
  • This thesis explores the ways in which international donors have attempted to shape and control civil society organizations in the occupied Palestinian territories. It employs Foucault's concepts of power/knowledge and disciplinary power to investigate and theorize the power-relations that govern the interactions of donors with civil society organizations. It contends that international donors have construed the concept of civil society in such a way that made it possible to partition social space into two incommensurable ‘civic’ and ‘political’ spheres. International donors have demanded that organizations limit their activities to the ‘civic’ sphere. Moreover, the thesis argues that per the requirements of discipline that the objects of its surveillance be rendered visible and subject to technologies of control, donors have used both statistical surveys and administrative techniques to classify, categorize, observe and monitor civil society organizations. These modes of surveillance are then used for locating civil society organizations in one of the ‘civic’ and ‘political’ spheres.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Political Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Mojtaba Mahdavi, Political Science
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta
    • Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Political Science