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Towards Urban Geopolitics of Encounter: Spatial Mixing in Contested Jerusalem

Marik Shtern, MS, Jonathan Rokem, JR (2021) Towards Urban Geopolitics of Encounter: Spatial Mixing in Contested Jerusalem. Geopolitics, . pp. 1-25. ISSN 1465-0045. E-ISSN 1557-3028. (doi:10.1080/14650045.2021.1926992) (KAR id:88682)


The extent to which 'geographies of encounter' facilitate tolerance of diversity and difference has long been a source of debate in urban studies and human geography scholarship. However, to date this contestation has focused primarily on hyper-diverse cities in the global north-west. Adapting this debate to the volatile conditions of the nationally-contested city, this paper explores intergroup encounters between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem. The paper suggests that in the context of hyper-polarisation of the nationally-contested urban space, the study of encounter should focus on macro-scale structural forces. In Jerusalem, we stress the role of ethnonationality and neoliberalism as key producers of its asymmetric and volatile yet highly resilient geography of intergroup encounters. In broader sense, as many cities worldwide experience a resurgence of ethnonationalism, illuminating the structural production of encounter may demarcate a broader function for reading contemporary urban geopolitics.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14650045.2021.1926992
Uncontrolled keywords: urban geopolitics, Contested Cities, Human Geography, geographies of encounter,Jerusalem
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Signature Themes: Migration and Movement
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 11:16 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:42 UTC
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