This article examines the production of mobility obstacles and restrictions in Palestine, highlighting dimensions of the logistics of border crossings and movement in the West Bank in relation to disability rights frameworks. It argues two things: that the creation of what Celeste Langan calls “mobility disabilities” through corporeal assault as well as infrastructural and bureaucratic means is not only central to the calculus of the occupation but also, importantly, linked logics of debilitation; and that these calibrations of various types of movement render specific stretchings of space and time, what is here called “slow life.”
Spatial Debilities: Slow Life and Carceral Capitalism in Palestine
Jasbir K. Puar is a professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the award-winning books The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability (2017) and Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007), which has been translated into Spanish and French and reissued in 2017 in an expanded version for its tenth anniversary. In 2019 she was awarded the Kessler Award from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, given yearly to scholars and activists whose work has significantly impacted scholarship and organizing.
Jasbir K. Puar; Spatial Debilities: Slow Life and Carceral Capitalism in Palestine. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 April 2021; 120 (2): 393–414. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8916144
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