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American Studies Encounters the Middle East$
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Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628844

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628844.001.0001

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Technology’s Borders

Technology’s Borders

The United States, Palestine, and Egypt’s Digital Connections

(p.263) Technology’s Borders
American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Helga Tawil-Souri

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes the contradictory role technology plays in the spatiality of Palestine and Egypt, particularly as these relate to borders and the question what “openness” has come to mean. Technology has been a driver of borderlessness in the sense of opening Palestine and Egypt to external influences, investments, capital flows, and expertise; but it has also brought about new forms of spatialities and new forms of bordering mechanisms. By looking at how technology development in Egypt and Palestine have been part and parcel of US geopolitical interests tied to free trade and peace, this chapter shows how new borders are enacted even while older forms remain intact, resulting in a shifting landscape of influence and control.

Keywords:   Palestine, Egypt, Borders, Technology, Peace

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