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The Spatial Construction of Identity and Difference in a City of Myth, 1948-2012
Thomas Philip Abowd
Colonial Jerusalem explores a vibrant urban center at the core of the
decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict and shows how colonialism, far
from being simply a fixture of the past, remains a crucial component of
Palestinian and Israeli realities today.
"Abowd’s anthropological approach brings both color and great
attention to the symbolic and human dimensions of the tensions
in daily life. His apt analysis of signage in public spaces and the
salience and physical condition of sites and objects he studies are
matched by astute observations regarding the tone of voice, body
language, and silences of his interviewees. The city comes alive
with his sympathetic and critical dissection of both the particular
and the general."—Journal of Palestine Studies
"A welcome contribution to a growing trend of writings about urbanism
and the life in cities of the Middle East. Although more
than half of the population in the Middle East is currently living
in urban areas, anthropological writings continue to focus on
small-scale societies and tribal communities. Colonial Jerusalem
helps to align anthropology scholarship with actual demographic
conditions."—Aseel Sawalha, Department of Anthropology, Fordham University
"Elegantly and captivatingly written, this ethnographic study of
Jerusalem as a site of colonial rule offers a substantial contribution
to studies of colonialism, particularly in its modern, urban
manifestation and over a long period of time."—Julie Peteet, Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville
Thomas Philip Abowd teaches in the Department of Anthropology and in the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.
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In one of the few anthropological works focusing on a contemporary Middle
Eastern city, Colonial Jerusalem explores a vibrant urban center at
the core of the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This book shows
how colonialism, far from being simply a fixture of the past as is often
suggested, remains a crucial component of Palestinian and Israeli realities
today. Abowd deftly illuminates everyday life under Israel’s long military
occupation as it is defined by processes and conditions of "apartness"
and separation as Palestinians are increasingly regulated and controlled.
Abowd examines how both national communities are progressively divided
by walls, checkpoints, and separate road networks in one of the most
segregated cities in the world. Drawing upon recent theories on racial
politics, colonialism, and urban spatial dynamics, Colonial Jerusalem analyzes
the politics of myth, history, and memory across an urban landscape
integral to the national cosmologies of both Palestinians and Israelis and
meaningful to all communities.
Table of Contents »[Hide Contents »]
2. "Diverse Absences"
3. Myths, Memorials, and Monuments in the Jerusalem
of Israel’s Imagination
4. A rabs Out of Place: Naturalizing a Colonial Spatial Order
in Jerusalem’s Old City
5. National Boundaries, Colonized Spaces: The Gendered
Politics of Residential Life in Contemporary Jerusalem
6. "Appropriate Places"
7. Up from the Ruins?
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6 x 9, 312 pages, 16 black-and-white illustrations, 5 maps,
notes, references, index