Constructivism : Constructivism And Constructivism

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The central goal of this work is to discuss postmodernism, constructivism and to attempt to explain the current conflicts that plague Israel and Palestine within the context of what postmodernism and constructivism is. To do this effectively, I believe it is advantageous to the reader that we efficiently define postmodernism and constructivism and to briefly discuss the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts in order to competently put into context how postmodernism and constructivism may explain these crises. That being said, before we delve into this kind of discussion, it is also advantageous to the reader to know that the concepts of postmodernism and constructivism are very abstract and that from this point forward I will refer to postmodernism as “postmod”, constructivism as “construct” and Israeli-Palestine conflicts “IPC”. Though the roots of Jewish and Arab dispute trace back thousands of years in a religious context, political conflict really began to surge in the Middle East between the two during WW1. Palestine, the land then inhabited by Arabs on the east coast of the Mediterranean, was taken by the Ottoman Empire in 1517. The Palestinians remained under Ottoman control until WW1 when the British offered to help the Palestinians. Not considering what conflicts may lie ahead for the next hundred years in the Middle East, the British made incompatible promises to both the Palestinians and the Jews. “They [the British] had promised Palestinians independence in return for taking up arms against their Turkish Ottoman rulers…. In November of 1917, in what became known as the Balfour Declaration, Britain announced its support for a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine (of course, the land was already p... ... middle of paper ... ...ew state came to be. If humans were unable to collectively perceive nations as legitimate entities, the IPC could not exist, then again neither could any nation’s borders. Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs have had, to put it lightly, conflict with each other for a very long time. Politically speaking, this has been since 1967, though in a postmod conceptualization of the conflicts, the fighting began as soon as both sides of the IPC perceived each other to be a physical threat. Construct theory argues that because each side of the IPC validates themselves and each other as entities, these two aggressors have the ability to attack each other as individuals and as IGOs and NGOs. While both theories could be used as a way to suppress and even extinguish the conflicts, they are currently utilized in order to perpetuate the decades long battles in the Middle East.

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