Multiculturalism, nationalism, and the politics of the Israeli City

Haim Yacobi, Erez Tzfadia

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One of the central issues in the study of urban politics today is the fact that many cities have become multicultural arenas. The liberal viewpoint stresses the potential of the city - unlike other spaces - to offer many and equal opportunities for all residents regardless of religion, gender, or ethnic affiliation, but the critical body of knowledge highlights the ways in which the city, although apparently released from the shackles of nation- and state-building projects, continues to reproduce existing power structures and is a stratifying place, maintaining patterns of discrimination, exclusion, and segregation. This tension between the city as an enabling space versus the city as a reinforcer of socionational stratification is at the center of this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-307
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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