An acre is an acre is an acre? Differentiated attitudes to social space and territory on the Jewish-Arab urban frontier in Israel

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Abstract

The Jewish inhabitants of Natzerat Illit, a mixed development town in Galilee, are united behind the stance that the Arab presence, now approximately 10% of the population, is detrimental to the town. They react differently however to Arab presence in different parts of town. This spatial variance is not unique to Natzerat Illit, and is found in other urban settings within Israel. The analysis highlights the place of Hityashvut (pioneering settlement) as the factor which engenders the Jewish quest for exclusivity over a given tract. Only areas which have been actively transformed by agents of Zionism qualify as genuine Hityashvut, and are hence perceived as loci to be defended from foreign presence. In terms of cultural constructs of social space, the territorial mass of Israel emerges as far less uniform than hitherto assumed. -Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-89
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Anthropology
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

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