A politics of empathy: encounters with empathy in Israel and Palestine

Head, N. (2016) A politics of empathy: encounters with empathy in Israel and Palestine. Review of International Studies, 42(1), pp. 95-113. (doi: 10.1017/S0260210515000108)

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This article starts from the premise that empathy is an inherent part of social and political life but that this is not sufficiently theorised in International Relations. Building on the burgeoning debates on emotions in world politics, it argues that the study of empathy should be developed more rigorously by establishing an interdisciplinary and critical framework for understanding the experiences and processes of empathy in IR. The central contribution of the paper is two-fold: firstly, it highlights limitations of the dominant perspective on empathy in IR, and secondly, it argues that a range of meanings may be attributed to empathy when examined within the socio-political conditions of particular contexts. Drawing on research on the conflict in Israel and Palestine, the article identifies and articulates two such alternative interpretations: empathy as non-violent resistance and as a strategy of normalisation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Head, Dr Naomi
Authors: Head, N.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Review of International Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-9044
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 British International Studies Association
First Published:First published in Review of International Studies 42(1):95-113
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
645861Prospects for Conflict Transformation? Non-violence and civil society organisations in Israel and PalestineNaomi HeadThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGIE)UNSPECIFIEDSPS - POLITICS
445641A Site for SanctuaryNaomi HeadAdam Smith Research Foundation Seedcorn AwardUNSPECIFIED