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Current FlowThe Electrification of Palestine$
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Ronen Shamir

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787062

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787062.001.0001

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Assembling a Jewish Economy

Assembling a Jewish Economy

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(p.126) 5 Assembling a Jewish Economy
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Current Flow
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Ronen Shamir

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804787062.003.0006

The main argument of this chapter is that the electric grid participated in the assembly of a Jewish economy, incrementally distinct from both the all-Palestine economy and from a counter-factual Arab economy. Jewish immigration in the mid 1920s’ created new possibilities for grid-expansion. Efforts to modernize agricultural methods and to establish new industries had mostly been a Jewish affair. Powered by wired-electricity, the grid not only facilitated growing inequality between Jews and Arabs but also contributed to the collection of data that ultimately established the reality of a distinct Jewish economy. The chapter thereby established links between the statistical and scientific work which is involved in the creation of ’the economy’ and the development of measurable and quantifiable electric supply. Still, the chapter also exposes the unique logic of the grid, one that cannot be reduced to Zionist interests.

Keywords:   Jewish economy, Jewish immigration, Jewish industry, Jewish agriculture, water, citrus, Hope-Simpson, Mavromatis

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