Colonization as Suburbanization: The Politics of the Land Market at the Frontier

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Colonization in the traditional sense of implanting a civilian population and establishing settlements in an occupied territory has, with few historical exceptions, taken place in distant lands. The “mother” country encourages its citizens to settle these lands as a means of ensuring long-term territorial control. Colonizing populations gradually take over local rule, supporting the mother country by transforming direct military domination into a quasi-civilian form of administration, albeit backed by a strong military presence. Traditional colonization of this kind also results in the creation of first and second class societies, with the settlers enjoying full legal and economic rights, while the local, indigenous populations (if they have not been subject to genocide) are bound to subsistence economies and barred from major positions of power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCity of Collision
Subtitle of host publication Jerusalem and the Principles of Conflict Urbanism
EditorsPhilipp Misselwitz, Tim Rieniets
Place of PublicationBasel
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783764374822
StatePublished - 2006


  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Land settlement -- West Bank and Gaza Strip


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