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Author Stein, Rebecca L., author.

Title Screen shots : state violence on camera in Israel and Palestine / Rebecca L. Stein
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2021
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Series Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures
Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures.
Contents Introduction : the dream of the perfect camera -- Sniper portraiture : militarizing personal technologies -- Cameras under curfew : infrastructures of constraint -- Settler scripts : the rise of Israeli "fake news" -- Rights on screen : curating state violence -- The military's lament : combat cameras and state fantasies -- Conclusion : broken bones, broken dreams : the affordances of failure
Summary "In the last two decades, amid the global spread of smartphones, state killings of civilians have increasingly been captured on the cameras of both bystanders and police. Screen Shots studies this phenomenon from the vantage point of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Here, cameras have proliferated as political tools in the hands of a broad range of actors and institutions, including Palestinian activists, Israeli soldiers, Jewish settlers, and human rights workers. All trained their lens on Israeli state violence, propelled by a shared dream: that advances in digital photography-closer, sharper, faster-would advance their respective political agendas. Most would be let down. Drawing on ethnographic work, Rebecca L. Stein chronicles Palestinian video-activists seeking justice, Israeli soldiers laboring to perfect the military's image, and Zionist conspiracy theorists accusing Palestinians of "playing dead." Writing against techno-utopianism, Stein investigates what camera dreams and disillusionment across these political divides reveal about the Israeli and Palestinian colonial present, and the shifting terms of power and struggle in the smartphone age"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Mass media and the conflict
Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Photography
Documentary photography -- Political aspects -- Israel
Documentary photography -- Political aspects -- Palestine
Political violence -- Israel
Political violence -- Palestine
Video recordings -- Political aspects -- Israel
Video recordings -- Political aspects -- Palestine
Arab-Israeli conflict -- Mass media and the conflict.
Political violence.
Video recordings -- Political aspects.
Middle East -- Palestine.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020048599
ISBN 1503628035