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Kareem Rabie

Ramallah’s Bubbles

[Downtown Ramallah. Image by the author.]

Recently there has been a proliferation of talk about Ramallah’s “bubble.” Based on the seeming contradiction between the quality of life there versus elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, popular accounts are rife with descriptions of bubbles emerging and bursting.  The bubble language is pervasive but it is not coherent. Some argue that the bubble is economic, poised to pop and thereby destroy Ramallah’s boomtown economy. Others contend that the bubble is an ...

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Kareem Rabie


Kareem Rabie is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is currently completing his dissertation, which is based on ethnographic research carried out during 2009 and 2010 on new town development and the state building project in the West Bank.