Intra-regional town-Country antagonism in Israel

Juval Portugali*

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The Israeli case of intra-regional spatial inequalities exhibits a paradoxical situation: the socialist rural society, in communal Kibbutzim and cooperative Moshavim, have become the capitalist class in their relations with the urban society in the neighbouring development towns. The present study analyses the emergence and development of this form of intra-regional town-country antagonism. Using the principles of location theory and analysis, in conjunction with recent conceptions of the working of the capitalist spatial economy, intra-regional town-country antagonism is shown as deriving from the very structure of Israeli society itself. The intra-regional case thus reflects the emergence and development of class relations in Israeli society as a whole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-223
Number of pages15
JournalHabitat International
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1985


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