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What factors can be identified as the cause of disempowerment and empowerment in Palestine?: A descriptive analysis using Friedmann’s (dis)empowerment model.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to identify and analyze cause of disempowerment for the population of Palestine.

The design of the research took the shape of a descriptive case study and the method used to fulfill the purpose was a qualitative text analysis. The material used for the study derives from various books and research journals on the Israeli-Palestine conflict, but most of all observational reports from international organizations.

The theory used is a multi-dimensional one and is Friedmann’s (dis)empowerment model where five mechanisms; defensible life space, surplus time, knowledge and skills, instruments of work and livelihood and financial resources have been used as the analytical framework.

The conclusion of the study is that there are several factors causing disempowerment following the analysis or the theoretical mechanisms respectively. These are connected to armed hostilities between Israel and Gaza, settlement expansions in the West Bank and the occupational status of Palestine. Supported by the material analyzed, these infringements need to cease combined with exterior help in order for the situation to markedly improve. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Israel, Palestine, Gaza, West Bank, Peace, Occupation, Alternative development, Disempowerment, Empowerment, Livelihood, Settlements, Friedmann’s (dis)empowerment model
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39634OAI: diva2:785060
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
2015-01-21, K2042, Växjö, 09:01 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-02-02 Created: 2015-02-02 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved

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