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Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the landscape of Israel-Palestine was radically transformed. Breaking from conventional focus on explicit sites of violence and devastation, Noam Leshem turns critical attention to 'ordinary' spaces and places where the intricate and often intimate engagements between Jews and myriad Arab spaces takes place to this day. Leshem builds on interdisciplinary studies of space, memory, architecture and history and exposes a rich archive of ideology, culture, political projects of state-building and identity formation. The result is a fresh look at the conflicted history of Israel-Palestine: a spatial history in which the Arab past isn't in fact separate, but inextricably linked to the Israeli present.Read more
- Focuses on the Arab presence in modern-day Israeli landscapes
- Offers a history of the ideological, cultural and political projects of state-building and identity formation in Israel-Palestine
- Looks beyond formal state actions to understand the significance of everyday politics
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- Date Published: October 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107149472
- length: 252 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- contains: 12 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: tracing ruination
1. Toward a spatial history in Israel
2. Repopulating the emptiness: the spatiality and materiality of the overlooked
3. Fences and defences: spaces of emergency
4. On the road: from Salama to Kfar Shalem and back
5. Housing complex: between Arab houses and public tenaments
6. Sacred: the making and unmaking of a holy place
Conclusion: histories of the rough and charmless.
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