Dialogues in Human Geography
Authored by #UnequalCities Network member Melissa García-Lamarca
Excerpt: Theorizing from and with Ramallah’s residents, Christopher Harker provides a fascinating account of debt relations and entanglements in Spacing debt: obligations, violence, and endurance in Ramallah, Palestine. A phrase in the first chapter was the first to give me deep pause for thought, and one I want to reflect on further here: “Endurance is not a politics of resistance” (Harker, 2021: 6). Harker defines endurance as forms of agency through which Palestinians “continue to continue” in the face of an ever-present form of colonial violence that “wears them down and out” (Harker, 2021: 6). He develops these ideas in relation to debt in depth in Chapter 7, titled politics as endurance. Thought-provoking reflections are made on the spatiality and temporality of debt and how it enables Palestinians to stay put (endure) in the face of both spectacular and everyday “slow” forms of colonial violence.