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Beyond incommensurability: Jerusalem and Stockholm from an ordinary cities perspective

Rokem, Jonathan (2016) Beyond incommensurability: Jerusalem and Stockholm from an ordinary cities perspective. CITY analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 20 (3). pp. 472-482. ISSN 1360-4813. E-ISSN 1470-3629. (doi:10.1080/13604813.2016.1166698)

Abstract

This paper’s core argument is that we should start creating theories that encompass different cities and include them in a more flexible and relational comparative framework. This must include a new urban terminology which does not continue the all-too-fashionable labelling of cities on a continuum between first world and third world, global North-West and South-East or as I emphasize below, including what have been labelled extremely contested cities in a more flexible and relational ordinary cities framework. To introduce such a comparative approach, I will examine Jerusalem and Stockholm via three contrastive and relational patterns: institutional segregation; urban violence; and non-governmental organization involvement in planning. In so doing, I point towards the necessity to open up research on extreme urban conflicts, suggesting that when assessing specific contextual patterns, those labelled as extremely contested cities (such as Jerusalem) share more similarities with other more ordinary cities (represented by Stockholm) than was previously perceived, often stemming from ethnic, racial and class conflicts revolving around issues of politics, culture and identity, among others.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13604813.2016.1166698
Uncontrolled keywords: Comparative Urbanism, Contested Cities, Jerusalem, Stockholm
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Human Ecology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock Rokem
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 23:09 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71704 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rokem, Jonathan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1595-5040
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