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River JordanThe Mythology of a Dividing Line$
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Rachel Havrelock

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226319575

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226319599.001.0001

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The Baptism Business and the Peace Park

The Baptism Business and the Peace Park

(p.275) Conclusion The Baptism Business and the Peace Park
River Jordan

Rachel Havrelock

University of Chicago Press

This book concludes by first discussing the claim of contemporary theories of borderlands and transnationalism that despite the flags, the hollow nature of the state and its subordination to borderless corporations and political movements become apparent at borders. The chapters in this book have shown that such dynamics do not seem to be the case in the borderland of the Jordan River Valley. At the line dividing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel and the eastern border disputed by Palestinians and Israelis, no distinct borderland identity, no microeconomy based on tariffs or smuggling, no nonsovereign flow of labor or capital can be observed. The Jordan is “the border” where Palestinian identity is brought into relief and policed. The Jordanian state and, in particular, the State of Israel seem to assert themselves most strongly on the bodies of Palestinians crossing the river on the Allenby Bridge.

Keywords:   transnationalism, borderless corporations, political movements, borders, Hashemite Kingdom, State of Israel, Allenby Bridge

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