Settling for Less: The Planned Resettlement of Israel's Negev Bedouin

Author
Steven C. Dinero
Content Type
Book
Institution
Berghahn Books
Abstract
The resettlement of the Negev Bedouin (Israel) has been wrought with controversy since its inception in the 1960s. Presenting evidence from a two-decade period, the author addresses how the changes that took place over the past sixty to seventy years have served the needs and interests of the State rather than those of Bedouin community at large. While town living fostered improvements in social and economic development, numerous unintended consequences jeopardized the success of this planning initiative. As a result, the Bedouin community endured excessive hardship and rapid change, abandoning its nomadic lifestyle and traditions in response to the economic, political, and social pressure from the State—and received very little in return.
Topic
Development, United Nations, Anthropology, Repression
Political Geography
Middle East, Israel, Palestine