This article presents a categorical framework for the interrogation of power relations in the study and analysis of Israeli colonialism in Palestine. Following critical antiracist feminist approaches, I highlight the relationship between race, class, and gender constructions that are crucial to colonial rule. Extending Chandra Mohanty's (1991) reading of Dorothy Smith's "relations of ruling," I outline six intersecting categories of colonial practices to examine Israel's particular colonization forms and processes. These categories include: racial separation; citizenship and naturalization forms and processes; construction and consolidation of existing social inequalities; gender, sexuality, and sexual violence; racialized and gendered prisoners; and "unmarked" versus "marked" discourses. Understanding colonial experiences as heterogeneous and plural, I conclude by arguing for the furthering of decolonial and antiracist feminist analyses from within specific sites of resistance.

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Keywords Citizenship, Ethno-nationalism, Gender, Israel/palestine, Racialization, Settler colonialism
Journal Canadian Journal of Sociology
Citation
Santos, M. (2013). Relations of ruling in the colonial present: An intersectional view of the Israeli imaginary. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 38(4), 509–532.