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Segregation, mobility and encounters in Jerusalem: The role of public transport infrastructure in connecting the ‘divided city’

Rokem, Jonathan, Vaughan, Laura (2018) Segregation, mobility and encounters in Jerusalem: The role of public transport infrastructure in connecting the ‘divided city’. Urban Studies, 55 (15). pp. 3454-3473. ISSN 0042-0980. (doi:10.1177/0042098017691465) (KAR id:71644)

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This paper assesses ways in which urban segregation is shaped and transformed by Jerusalem’s public transport network, enhancing mobility and potential group encounters. We suggest that segregation should be understood as an issue of mobility and co-presence in public space, rather than the static residential-based segregation that continues to be a central focus of debate in urban studies. We explore public transport infrastructures, considering how their implementation reflects the variety of ways that transport can have impact: segmenting populations, linking populations and/or creating spaces for interaction or conflict between the city’s Jewish Israeli and Arab Palestinian populations. Space syntax network analysis suggests that in the case of Jerusalem, access to public transport is multi-dimensional: as well as providing access to resources, it shapes opportunities for spatial mobility that may either overcome or reinforce area-based housing segregation. We discuss these opportunities in the light of Jerusalem’s on-going ethno-national division in an increasingly fractured urban reality.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0042098017691465
Uncontrolled keywords: contested cities, Jerusalem, mobility and co-presence, public transport, space syntax, urban segregation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Human Ecology
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock Rokem
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 17:56 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 09:28 UTC
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