Passing as a tourist: Exploring the everyday urban geopolitics of tourism

Marik Shtern

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This paper presents a case study of territorial boundary transgression and intergroup encounters mediated by tourism in a volatile and contested urban space. I present the notion of ‘passing as a tourist’ as a prism to investigate the nexus between performative tourism and everyday urban geopolitics. Situated in East Jerusalem's core geographies of colonization and political violence, this paper uses archival news material and a textual analysis of primary questionnaire data to critically examine how Jewish Israeli Jerusalemites visiting the Muslim Quarter in the Old City negotiate encounters in a conflicted space. The study reveals how the performative dimensions of ‘tourism’ in a context of polarized ethnonational division expose the role of embodied, everyday geopolitics in the production of urban spaces of tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102526
JournalPolitical Geography
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Contested cities
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Jerusalem
  • Performative tourism
  • Tourism geopolitics
  • Urban geopolitics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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