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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Normatizing State Power

Normatizing State Power

Uncritical Ethical Praxis and Zionism

(p.217) 8 Normatizing State Power
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Steven Salaita

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an analysis of tacit modes of ethical and methodological conformity in academe. In particular, it examines how academics committed to some form of Zionism deploy the term “political” as a destabilizing and denunciatory mechanism. It focuses on Israel’s normatization, then, draws attention to its position as a standard of responsible morality and acceptable intellectual citizenship. It then identifies Zionism as any belief that assumes or proclaims that Israel has a normative claim to Jewish majoritarianism or any narrative that treats Israel as timeless and exceptional. The chapter also explores the discursive features that render Zionism a form of apolitical politicizing. Zionists and other traditionalists reinforce their own power by retaining ownership over the term “political.”

Keywords:   conformity, academe, academics, Zionism, political, Israel, normatization, apolitical politicizing, Zionists

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