Perceiving ethnic space: Israeli Arabs' cognition of the central Galilee

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Abstract

The regional awareness of the Israeli Arab population in the valley of Sakhnin stresses the division of space along ethnic lines. Most of the interviewers identified a clear distinction between Arab and Jewish regions in Israel. There was a vital sense of belonging (insideness) attached to the Arab regions, in total contrast to the way in which Jewish spaces were perceived (outsideness). The Arab population in Israel may be viewed as a highly segregated group in physical space, but highly dependent on the Jewish core in activity spaces, particularly in the job market. The Arabs are concentrated in a few peripheral regions, but more than half of the Arab workforce commutes to the nation's core. This may influence the structure of Arab regional awareness one sub-region considered to be typical of Arab general overall patterns was studied in depth. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-80
Number of pages19
JournalGeography Research Forum
Volume12
StatePublished - 1992

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