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Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces

Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces

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Cities have long been associated with diversity and tolerance, but from Jerusalem to Belfast to the Basque Country, many of the most intractable conflicts of the past century have played out in urban spaces. The contributors to this interdisciplinary volume examine the interrelationships of ethnic, racial, religious, or other identity conflicts and larger battles over sovereignty and governance. Under what conditions do identity conflicts undermine the legitimacy and power of nation-states, empires, or urban authorities? Does the urban built environment play a role in remedying or exacerbating such conflicts? Employing comparative analysis, these case studies from the Middle East, Europe, and South and Southeast Asia advance our understanding of the origins and nature of urban conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253222749
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Diane E. Davis is Professor of Political Sociology and Head of the International Development Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT.

Nora Libertun de Duren is Director of Planning, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

A Note on Dates ix

Introduction: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm Diane E. Davis Nora Libertun de Duren 1

Part 1 Modes of Sovereignty, Urban Governance, and the City

1 Jerusalem at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Spatial Continuity and Social Fragmentation Nora Libertun de Duren 17

2 Imperial Nationhood and Its Impact on Colonial Cities: Issues of Inter-group Peace and Conflict in Pondicherry and Vietnam Anne Raffin 28

3 Confessionalism and Public Space in Ottoman and Colonial Jerusalem Salim Tamari 59

Part 2 Scales of Sovereignty and the Remaking of Urban and National Space

4 Sovereignty, Nationalism, and Globalization in Bilbao and the Basque Country Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría 85

5 Contesting the Legitimacy of Urban Restructuring and Highways in Beirut's Irregular Settlements Agnès Deboulet Mona Fawaz 117

6 Urban Locational Policies and the Geographies of Post-Keynesian Statehood in Western Europe Neil Brenner 152

Part 3 Sovereignty, Representation, and the Urban Built Environment

7 Iconic Architecture and Urban, National, and Global Identities Leslie Sklair 179

8 The Temptations of Nationalism in Modern Capital Cities Lawrence J. Vale 196

9 Hurvat haMidrash-The Ruin of the Oracle: Louis Kahn's Influence on the Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem Eric Orozco 209

Conclusion: Theoretical and Empirical Reflections on Cities, Sovereignty, Identity, and Conflict Diane E. Davis 226

List of Contributors 257

Index 259

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Kevin Dunn

Investigates the complex intersection of identity, community, nation, state, and sovereignty in urban spaces. . . . [A]n exciting and innovative contribution.

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