Sumud pedagogy as linguistic citizenship: Palestinian youth in Israel against imposed subjectivities

Muzna Awayed-Bishara*

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Abstract

This linguistic ethnographic study offers a nuanced pedagogical account of the Arabic term sumud, or 'steadfastness', through a sociolinguistic analysis of decolonial modes of expression among Palestinian youth in Israel. I reflect on events during the 2021 uprisings in East Jerusalem, when Palestinian youth within Israel took to the streets in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem and Gaza. Considering the Israeli education system's denationalization of the Palestinian community within its borders, I examine how Palestinian political ideals cultivated outside the formal educational system open new possibilities for political organizing and expression. I reflect upon interviews with members of the Haifa Youth Movement and a Palestinian hip-hop artist and his lyrics. Engaging with Stroud's theorization of linguistic citizenship, I show how pedagogy of sumud as a linguistic citizenship practice opens new semiotic spaces for Palestinian youth in Israel to resist the erasure of their identity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLanguage in Society
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Linguistic citizenship
  • Palestinian youth
  • colonized education
  • sumud pedagogy

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