Urban tribalism: negotiating form, function and social milieu in Bedouin towns, Israel

Shlomit Tamari, Rachel Katoshevski, Yuval Karplus, Steven C. Dinero

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Abstract

Background: Historically, the tribe was a central pillar of Bedouin society. Recently, the forcibly resettled-Bedouin of Israel’s Negev Desert have experienced profound socio-economic transition and change in addition to spatial relocation. Results: This paper offers a critical examination of the manner in which the tribe has served to inform top-down State-led urban planning, resettlement and housing policies while remaining a vital aspect of Bedouin life. Conclusions: We suggest that in an ironic twist, these policies have generated a new form of urban tribalism that challenges the development of a “modern,” “western” social fabric and practices of citizenship as initially envisioned by State officials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalCity, Territory and Architecture
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Housing Policy
  • Outline Scheme
  • Public Space
  • Urban Fabric
  • Urban Planner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies

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