Food wholesale in the Middle East

Governmentality in the Middle East: Power Practices in Israel and Palestine from a World Social Theory Perspective

Governmentality, State and World Society pp 197-224 | Cite as

  • Jan Busse
  • Stephan Stetter
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Part of the State - Sovereignty - Nation book series (SSN)


In the following, we want to show that a world social theoretical reading of the governmentality theory according to Michel Foucault can be inspiring for an analysis of power and rule practices in Israel and Palestine. In this article, we argue that such practices in the area of ​​tension between Israeli occupation and limited Palestinian autonomy refer to the global diffusion of fundamental dynamics of governmentality beyond (Western) statehood and thus to the breadth of statehood in the global political system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stiftung Wissenschaft und PolitikFG Near / Middle East & AfricaBerlinGermany
  2. 2. Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of the Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Neubiberg, Germany