Homelands. Poetic Power and the Politics of SpaceRon Robin and Bo Stråth (eds.)
This book historically surveys the contested poetics of space and place associated with the term "homeland" in the Middle East, Balkans, Ireland, South Africa and Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These cases of contested homeland discourses are contrasted with a case of noncontention in Sweden. The contributors do not narrate events preceding the conflicts in these divisive areas of the world, they offer and confront representations of homeland from multiple and, at times, unusual perspectives. Ambiguity and variety are one common denominator of this very uncommon collection. These scholarly representations of homeland are saturated with the contradictions of imagination and culture. They all contain a subtext concerning the role of the nation state and its relationships to multiple understandings of homeland in contemporary global cultures and politics. The different and sometimes incompatible opinions voiced here are bound by a common hope to affect the current discourse on nationalism,
community, homeland and exile.
Contributions by: Maoz Azaryahu, John D. Brewer, Heidi Grunebaum,
Ilan Gur-Ze'ev, Rema Hammami, Yazir Henri, James Kaye, Mark Levine,
Senadine Musabegovic, Karma Nabulsi, Issam Nassar, Fania Oz-
Salzberger, Ilan Pappe, Rolf Petri, Ron Robin, Bo Stråth, Salim Tamari
and Mariangela Veikou