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Title: Sites of struggle : space, power and conflict in Jerusalem
Author: Thompson, Lucinda J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 5869
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis explores the spatial dimension-of power and conflict. Specifically, it discusses the diverse struggles and contestations encountered in city spaces, and uses critical discourse analysis to examine the production, dissemination and mediation of power around the diversely contested city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem serves as a paradigmatic case-study, and whereas the thesis assesses dominant readings which emphasise its centrality to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it primarily focuses on urban phenomena which illustrate interactions between spatial practice and socio-political problems, displaying consistencies but also inconsistencies, instrumentalities but also paradoxes, strong emotions but also ambivalences, in traditional, unconventional or emergent sites of contestation. The thesis aims to take account of the status of Jerusalem in a major conflict while demonstrating how life in the city challenges Jerusalem's place in that conflict. To do this, it focuses on a spatial exploration which makes visible aesthetic, semiotic and socio-political aspects of everyday struggle and contestation. It investigates how spaces can be used to perpetuate or resist hegemony, promote or undermine ideologies, and inscribe or reinscribe relations of power into the urban sphere. The cases discussed include traditional sites of contestation (for example the Old City, the security barrier) but also unexpected sites of cooperation (for example the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif), as well as sites and practices of conflict which have been under-researched (such as parks and other recreational sites). It deals with contradictions between national and religious narratives, disputes between secular and religious claims to sites, and displacements of people and the natural environment within a diverse urban context. This approach allows for new explorations of the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the city, but also provides alternative terrains of analysis of the conflict as well as analyses of the political associations and effects of different urban phenomena.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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