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“Over our dead bodies”: Placing necropolitical activism

Leshem, Noam

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Analysing a struggle between Palestinian campaigners and Israeli authorities over an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, this paper explores the role of necrogeography in contesting urban boundaries, asserting historical legitimacy and realizing emancipatory spatial practices. The article bridges an existing gap between the geographical study of death spaces, and the necropolitical realities of conflict in late modernity. The case-study analyses one arena of contemporary urban geopolitics of death in Israel–Palestine, and the myriad of factors that shape its dynamics of struggle and power relations. The article argues that the multiple avenues of nuanced and creative political action found in necrogeographical research over the past two decades offers a lived alternative to the politics of despair that often dominates the prevailing conceptualizations of necropolitics.


Leshem, N. (2015). “Over our dead bodies”: Placing necropolitical activism. Political Geography, 45, 34-44.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 3, 2014
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2014
Publicly Available Date Dec 3, 2016
Journal Political Geography
Print ISSN 0962-6298
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Pages 34-44
Keywords Necropolitics, Necrogeography, Place, Activism, Palestine, Israel.
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