In the land of the patriarchs: Design and contestation in West Bank settlements

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"An account of the design of West Bank settlements from 1967, when housing settlements were still an abstract idea, to the present, when they have become hotly contested. It addresses the complicated relationship between politics and the built environment and questions assumptions about politics and the built environment. The author looks closely at five settlements-Hebron, Ofra, Nofim, Beitar Illit, and Pnei Kedem-to analyze the settlement movement, the country Israel has become since 1967, and, more broadly, "the production of space in sites of political conflict." For Shoked, the role of contingency is key: government policy shaped the design of settlements, but so too did other actors. As Shoked writes, "the analytic categories of expert and user, above and below, frequently dissolve in the unfolding process of design, construction, and inhabitation.""--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustin, TX
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Number of pages297
ISBN (Electronic)1477327851
ISBN (Print)1477327843, 1477328548, 9781477327845, 9781477328545
StatePublished - 2023

ULI Keywords

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  • Architecture, Domestic -- West Bank -- Design -- History
  • City planning -- Political aspects -- West Bank
  • Human settlements -- West Bank -- Design -- Case studies
  • Human settlements -- West Bank -- Design -- History
  • Human settlements -- Political aspects -- West Bank
  • Israelis -- Housing -- West Bank -- Design -- History
  • Israelis -- Housing -- Political aspects -- West Bank
  • Land settlement -- Political aspects -- West Bank


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