Indigeneity, law and terrain : the Bedouin citizens of Israel
Title: Indigeneity, law and terrain : the Bedouin citizens of Israel
Author: NYHAN, Emma
Citation: Florence : European University Institute, 2018
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Law
This study constitutes a socio-legal inquiry into the practice of international human rights law. Specifically, the study unpacks the ways in which the concept and category of indigenous peoples is made active and given effect among the Bedouin in the Negev desert in Israel, since before the turn of the new millennium. Drawing contextualized insights from Bedouin localities, the case studies demonstrate the various layers of intermediaries and actors involved and the processes by which the Bedouin have appropriated the international concept and category to make it into a Bedouin vernacular. Grounded in law and society and legal anthropology, this research deploys socio-legal and historical analyses and is supported by rich empirical fieldwork, including extensive interviews and ethnographic observation. In the process of reconstructing how the international concept and category of indigenous peoples came to be invoked in this particular context, this research sheds critical light on how local and global discourses and understandings of internationally-defined status and rights interact and produce tensions, hybridities, and new subjectivities as well as legal and political dynamics at the domestic and international level.
Defence date: 25 April 2018; Examining Board: Professor Nehal Bhuta, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Sally Engle Merry, New York University; Professor Tobias Kelly, University of Edinburgh; Professor Claire Kilpatrick, European University Institute
Type of Access: embargoedAccess
Preceding version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/53764
Version: Chapter 4 'The concept and category of indigenous peoples : theoretical and contextualized accounts' of the PhD thesis draws upon an earlier version published as chapter 'International law in transit : the concept of 'indigenous peoples' and its transitions in international, national and local realms : the example of the Bedouin in the Negev' (2016) in the book 'International law and... : select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law'