Resisting Neo-Liberal Skylines: Social Mobilisations and Entrepreneurial Urban Development in Tel Aviv

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The article examines recent social mobilisations against the planning and building of towers in Tel Aviv to address ongoing debates over the impact of social activism on the neo-liberalisation of urban development in times of neoliberalism’s ‘legitimation crisis.’ Contrary to binary views of ‘neoliberalism vs. resistance’ prevalent in scholarly debates, we look into the uneven ways in which urban mobilisations are conditioned by local configurations of neo-liberalisation, and how, in their turn, they affect neo-liberal practices as they oscillate between resistance and integration. Based on empirical analysis, we argue that while recent mobilisations introduced novel claims and tactics against the institutional methods and decisions that produce urban space, and succeeded in politicizing towers as the flagship of neoliberal urban development, their actions have been reinserted in the deepening neo-liberalisation of the city. Our findings raise broader insights about the ways in which neo-liberalisation processes sit inside society and not above it, as they shape the actors concerned, their positions, and their visions of development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment as a Battlefield
Editors Irene Bono, Béatrice Hibou
Place of PublicationLeiden and Boston
PublisherBrill | Nijhoff
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789004349551
ISBN (Print)9789004349520
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

Name International Development Policy
ISSN (Print)1663-9383
ISSN (Electronic)1663-9405

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • City planning -- Israel -- Tel Aviv-Yafo
  • Neoliberalism -- Israel
  • Social justice -- Israel
  • Social movements -- Israel -- Tel Aviv-Yafo
  • Tall buildings -- Israel -- Tel Aviv-Yafo


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