Palestinian national identity and the israeli labor market: Q-analyses

Juval Portugali, Michael Sonis

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The proposition that geopolitical adjustments in Israel following the 1967 war recreated and fostered the Palestinian national identity is examined and quantified with Q-analysis of the street labor markets for Palestinian workers in Israel. These street labor markets played an important role in creating an interaction and communication network among Palestinians from distant districts, and thus in recreating their national identity. Our Q-analyses show that at least two years befor the intifada, a global communication system existed among Palestinian workers through the street labor markets in Israel. Such a global system was a precondition for the outbreak of the intifada.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-279
Number of pages15
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1991


  • National identity
  • Q-analysis
  • Street labor markets


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