The aftermath: Community workers as place-makers in conflict-riven societies

Tamar Shwartz-Ziv*

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Social workers play a vital role in making violence-stricken communities into safer places for human development. However, research examining the experiences of community practitioners in political conflicts is scarce. Using a place-making analytical framework, this study addresses this gap exploring community practitioners’ practices around outbreaks of violence in Israeli Jewish-Arab mixed cities. Based on 50 semi-structured interviews, the findings reveal three modalities of place-making: place-developing, place-protecting, and place-remaking. The study highlights community practice’s significant role in constructing spaces in light of practitioners’ sense of place. It encourages the inclusion of place-making as a framework to understand social work within conflict zones.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Social Work
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Community practice
  • divided cities
  • place
  • place-making
  • political conflict
  • sense of place


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