Zionism as a Performative: Winners and Losers

Gabriel Mayer

Abstract

The term Zionism conjures up all sorts of reactions, none of them having much connection to the distinctive political, sociological, economical and psychological performance arising over the years. Indeed, while acting as the DNA of pre-statehood Palestine’s transformation into the State of Israel, it currently stands more as a slogan or utterance, a call for action-often quite varied-dependent on place person and thing, which invokes its use. Comparing its power as an utterance to “I do” during a marriage ceremony, so famously stated by J. L. Austen, one can clearly see the immediacy evoked by its utterance

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