Beyond ‘causes of causes’: Health, stigma and the settler colonial urban territory in the Negev/Naqab

Haim Yacobi, Elya Lucy Milner

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This article critically analyses and theoretically conceptualises the links between settler colonialism, planning and health. Based on the case of the Bedouin community in the Negev/Naqab, we argue that the production of settler colonial space has a profound impact on health, and should therefore be referred to as a specific category for analysing health disparities, simultaneously entangling territorial control and biopolitics towards indigenous communities. Furthermore, we suggest that this relationship between space and health constructs stigma that justifies and facilitates – in turn – the ongoing territorial control over the indigenous Bedouin population in Israel. By reviewing existing data on health and planning, especially in relation to infrastructure and access to services, we contribute to the growing literature on the nexus of settler-colonialism/health with urban and regional planning. Importantly, throughout this paper we refer to the Bedouin localities as part of the production of urban territory, illuminating the urban as a multidimensional process of political struggle, including the metropolin informal fringes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-590
Number of pages19
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Israel/Palestine politics
  • health
  • informality
  • infrastructure
  • settler colonialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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