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Jaffa Shared and Shattered : Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine (Paperback) (Daniel Monterescu)

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Binational cities play a pivotal role in situations of long-term conflict, and few places have been more marked by the tension between intimate proximity and visceral hostility than Jaffa, one of the "mixed towns" of Israel/Palestine. In this nuanced ethnographic and historical study, Daniel Monterescu argues that such places challenge our assumptions about cities and nationalism, calling into question the Israeli state’s policy of maintaining homogeneous, segregated, and ethnically stable spaces. Analyzing everyday interactions, life stories, and histories of violence, he reveals the politics of gentrification and the circumstantial coalitions that define the city. Drawing on key theorists in anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and political science, he outlines a new relational theory of sociality and spatiality.

Multiethnic cities play a pivotal role in situations of long-term conflict, and few places have been more marked by the tension between intimate proximity and visceral hostility than Jaffa, one of the "mixed towns" of Israel/Palestine. Daniel Monterescu argues that such places challenge our assumptions about national identity and challenge the Israeli state?s goal of maintaining homogeneous, segregated, and ethnically stable spaces. In this nuanced ethnographic and historical study, he analyzes everyday interactions, life histories, and uses of space, describing the politics of gentrification and the circumstantial coalitions that define the city. Drawing on key theorists in anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and political science, he outlines a relational theory of sociality and spatiality.

Number of Pages: 362
Genre: History, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Sociology / Urban, Anthropology / Cultural, Middle East / Israel
Series Title: Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Author: Daniel Monterescu
Language: English
Street Date: August 24, 2015
TCIN: 17266893
UPC: 9780253016775
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-4796
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