The ongoing occupation in Palestine involves structural colonial oppression over the native population, depriving Palestinians of fundamental human rights. The set of political, social, economic, and environmental factors that result from the occupation has a lasting direct and indirect effect on the well-being of the children exposed to systematic violence. In this study, we explored the effect of systematic violence and military oppression in a group of 22 school-aged youths (M = 12.2; SD =  2.69, 45.5% girls) living in the West Bank. We identified factors associated with children’s maladjustment to potentially traumatic environments and survival skills following a socio-ecological lens. Data were collected through biographical participative interviews. The TCA identified six themes: the pervasiveness of the Israeli violence; the unexpected costs of the pandemic; victims and perpetrators of intra-community violence; everyday acts of happiness (or normalcy); support from families, peers, and community; subverting negative situations, and fighting back. Children emerged as continuously engaged in adjustment and readjustment to inhuman living conditions, making normal what is abnormal in their development. The study draws attention to the political antecedent and determinants of the Palestinian children’s actions and reactions to violence, highlighting the impossibility of exploring children’s growth while avoiding political and human rights implications.

Veronese, G., Cavazzoni, F., Russo, S., Ayoub, H. (2022). Structural violence and sources of resistance among Palestinian children living under military occupation and political oppression. JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION [10.1080/17513057.2022.2102204].

Structural violence and sources of resistance among Palestinian children living under military occupation and political oppression

Veronese, Guido;Cavazzoni, Federica
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Russo, Sabrina;Ayoub, Haneen
2022

Abstract

The ongoing occupation in Palestine involves structural colonial oppression over the native population, depriving Palestinians of fundamental human rights. The set of political, social, economic, and environmental factors that result from the occupation has a lasting direct and indirect effect on the well-being of the children exposed to systematic violence. In this study, we explored the effect of systematic violence and military oppression in a group of 22 school-aged youths (M = 12.2; SD =  2.69, 45.5% girls) living in the West Bank. We identified factors associated with children’s maladjustment to potentially traumatic environments and survival skills following a socio-ecological lens. Data were collected through biographical participative interviews. The TCA identified six themes: the pervasiveness of the Israeli violence; the unexpected costs of the pandemic; victims and perpetrators of intra-community violence; everyday acts of happiness (or normalcy); support from families, peers, and community; subverting negative situations, and fighting back. Children emerged as continuously engaged in adjustment and readjustment to inhuman living conditions, making normal what is abnormal in their development. The study draws attention to the political antecedent and determinants of the Palestinian children’s actions and reactions to violence, highlighting the impossibility of exploring children’s growth while avoiding political and human rights implications.
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Childhood; settler colonialism; oppression; well-being; narrrative instruments
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Veronese, G., Cavazzoni, F., Russo, S., Ayoub, H. (2022). Structural violence and sources of resistance among Palestinian children living under military occupation and political oppression. JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION [10.1080/17513057.2022.2102204].
Veronese, G; Cavazzoni, F; Russo, S; Ayoub, H
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