Three forms of narrative heuristics are identified and explored in the search for political inclusiveness, robustness, and legitimacy: (1) environmental topics: toxics and the need for second-order or reflexive institutions of modernization; water and the need for getting beyond zero-sum games; urban public goods and infrastructures; medical services and distributed care; animals and biodiversity and the need to pay attention to feedback that signals our inability to achieve perfect control and hence dependence on one another; (2) perspectival topoi: single-eyed stories of identity, ownership, interest, and mastery; double-voiced stories of mutual recognition, sub-versions, and alternative realities; and triangulated stories of polyvocal, interactive, risk-taking experimentalism; (3) processual narratives of structural transformation: political economies (agrarian, industrial, and postindustrial), second-order modernization and biopolitical forms of governance from societies of discipline to societies of control or regulation (by codes, flows, distributed feedback, desubjugated knowledges, and capillaries of micropower); ecological feedback systems ; and new grammars of multitude or modes of enhanced self-organized civil society coordination that can either work around governments and bureaucracies or can create public spheres from which to address and pressure government.1
Changing Palestine–Israel Ecologies: Narratives of Water, Land, Conflict, and Political Economy, Then and Now, and Life to Come
MICHAEL M.J. FISCHER IS AUTHOR OF EMERGENT FORMS OF LIFE AND THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL VOICE (2003); ANTHROPOLOGY AS CULTURAL CRITIQUE (WITH GEORGE MARCUS, 1986, 2ND ED. 1999); AND THREE BOOKS ON THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF IRAN: IRAN: FROM RELIGIOUS DISPUTE TO REVOLUTION (1980); DEBATING MUSLIMS: CULTURAL DIALOGUES IN POSTMODERNITY AND TRADITION (WITH MEHDI ABEDI 1990); MUTE DREAMS, BLIND OWLS AND DISPERSED KNOWLEDGES: PERSIAN POESIS IN THE TRANSNATIONAL CIRCUITRY (2004).
Michael M.J. Fischer; Changing Palestine–Israel Ecologies: Narratives of Water, Land, Conflict, and Political Economy, Then and Now, and Life to Come. Cultural Politics 1 July 2006; 2 (2): 159–192. doi: https://doi.org/10.2752/174321906778054556
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