Jaffa Shared and Shattered

Jaffa Shared and Shattered : Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 762.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 24 b&w illus.
  • 0253016711
  • 9780253016713

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Anybody with an interest in the politics and sociology of Israeli/Palestinian relations needs to read this book. Daniel Monterescu provides a rich and theoretically sophisticated account of urban politics in Jaffa. * Perspectives on Politics * Jaffa Shared and Shattered is a rich and provocative addition to the scholarly literature on Palestine/ Israel and urban studies. * American Ethnologist * In showing how Jaffa is both shared and shattered, the book is an important and timely contribution to ongoing debates about mutual relations between Palestinians and Israelis in the context of recurring conflict, entrenched inequality and ongoing colonisation. It is essential reading for everyone interested in contemporary Palestinian-Israeli relations and should be of particular interest to political and urban anthropologists. * Social Anthropology * For anyone who would like to understand the experience of living as a member of the minority Arab population in a 'mixed' city in Israel, then Jaffa is both the place and the study to read. . . [T]his is a well-researched, very worthwhile excursus into a complicated societal problem. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *show more

About Daniel Monterescu

Daniel Monterescu is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University. He is author (with Haim Hazan) of A Town at Sundown: Aging Nationalism in Jaffa and editor (with Dan Rabinowitz) of Mixed Towns, Trapped Communities: Historical Narratives, Spatial Dynamics, Gender Relations and Cultural Encounters in Palestinian-Israeli Towns.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Contrived Coexistence: Relational Histories of Urban Mix in Israel/Palestine Part I. Beyond Methodological Nationalism: Communal Formations and Ambivalent Belonging1. Spatial Relationality: Theorizing Space and Sociality in Jewish-Arab "Mixed Towns"2. The Bridled "Bride of Palestine": Urban Orientalism and the Zionist Quest for Place3. The "Mother of the Stranger": Palestinian Presence and the Ambivalence of SumudPart II. Sharing Place or Consuming Space: The Neoliberal City4. Inner Space and High Ceilings: Agents and Ideologies of Ethnogentrification5. To Buy or Not to Be: Trespassing the Gated CommunityPart III. Being and Belonging in the Binational City: A Phenomenology of the Urban 6. Escaping the Mythscape: Tales of Intimacy and Violence7. Situational Radicalism and Creative Marginality: The "Arab Spring" and Jaffa's CountercultureConclusion: The City of the Forking Paths: Imagining the Futures of Binational UrbanismNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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