The Micro-Geography of a Home as a Contact Zone: Urban Planning in Fragmented Settler Colonialism

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Abstract

This paper provides an analysis of the micro-geography of the village of Lifta, Jerusalem, and the history of one particular home there, applying the archaeology of the address methodology. A new terminology of fragmented settler colonialism is used, in combination with the contact zone concept, to help better understand planning situations ‘after colonial times’. Introducing macro and micro scales of contact zones, the formal texts of the Lifta Regeneration Plan 6036 and the ensuing legal appeals submitted to the Israeli court are analyzed. By also studying the informal contact zone at the micro (address) level, the paradoxical relations between the Mizrahi and the Palestinians are exposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-513
Number of pages18
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • (post) colonial planning
  • Jerusalem
  • Mizrahi Jews
  • Palestinians
  • contact zone
  • fragmented settler colonialism

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