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Signal TrafficCritical Studies of Media Infrastructures$
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Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039362

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039362.001.0001

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Cellular Borders

Cellular Borders

Dis/Connecting Phone Calls in Israel-Palestine

(p.157) Chapter 7 Cellular Borders
Signal Traffic

Helga Tawil-Souri

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details the conditions and contestations underlying cellular phone infrastructures in Israel–Palestine. It shows how cellular infrastructures in the occupied territories are dynamic manifestations of territorial disputes and tensions. Indeed, the arrangement of telecommunication systems is not merely a metaphor for the conflict; rather, “it is the conflict in material form.” The chapter then focuses on three locations—Migron, Ramallah, and Qalandia—and describes the material infrastructures and regulatory regimes that shape conditions in each. Rather than connecting people, these infrastructures are critical dimensions of state power and territoriality, and as such they function in ways that divide and disconnect.

Keywords:   cellular phone infrastructures, Israel–Palestine, telecommunication systems, state power, territoriality

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