Cities and Sovereignty

Cities and Sovereignty : Identity Politics in Urban Spaces

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Cities have long been associated with diversity and tolerance, but from Jerusalem to Belfast to the Basque Country, many of the most intractable conflicts of the past century have played out in urban spaces. The contributors to this interdisciplinary volume examine the interrelationships of ethnic, racial, religious, or other identity conflicts and larger battles over sovereignty and governance. Under what conditions do identity conflicts undermine the legitimacy and power of nation-states, empires, or urban authorities? Does the urban built environment play a role in remedying or exacerbating such conflicts? Employing comparative analysis, these case studies from the Middle East, Europe, and South and Southeast Asia advance our understanding of the origins and nature of urban more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222745
  • 9780253222749
  • 1,195,539

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This book offers valuable interdisciplinary perspectives on the nature of identity conflicts and governance, and their impacts upon the urban condition. This book is an insightful read for the urbanist, sociologist, political geographer, and historian alike-or anyone for that matter who is searching for a deeper understanding of the complexities of identities and their relations with networks of sovereignty. * Contemporary Sociology *show more

About Diane Emily Davis

Diane E. Davis is Professor of Political Sociology and Head of the International Development Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT. Nora Libertun de Duren is Director of Planning, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University Graduate School of more

Table of contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsA Note on DatesIntroduction: Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm / Diane E. Davis and Nora Libertun de DurenPart 1. Modes of Sovereignty, Urban Governance, and the City 1. Jerusalem at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Spatial Continuity and Social Fragmentation / Nora Libertun de Duren 2. Imperial Nationhood and Its Impact on Colonial Cities: Issues of Intergroup Peace and Conflict in Pondicherry and Vietnam / Anne Raffin 3. Confessionalism and Public Space in Ottoman and Colonial Jerusalem / Salim TamariPart 2. Scales of Sovereignty and the Remaking of Urban and National Space 4. Sovereignty, Nationalism, and Globalization in Bilbao and the Basque Country / Gerardo del Cerro Santamaria 5. Contesting the Legitimacy of Urban Restructuring and Highways in Beirut's Irregular Settlements / Agnes Deboulet and Mona Fawaz 6. Urban Locational Policies and the Geographies of Post-Keynesian Statehood in Western Europe / Neil BrennerPart 3. Sovereignty, Representation, and the Urban Built Environment 7. Iconic Architecture and Urban, National, and Global Identities / Leslie Sklair 8. The Temptations of Nationalism in Modern Capital Cities / Lawrence J. Vale 9. Hurvat haMidrash--The Ruin of the Oracle: Louis Kahn's Influence on the Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem / Eric OrozcoConclusion: Theoretical and Empirical Reflections on Cities, Sovereignty, Identity, and Conflict / Diane E. DavisList of ContributorsIndexshow more