Urbicide in Palestine
Spaces of Oppression and Resilience
To Be Published September 1st 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
This book explores the way urbicide is used to un/re-make the Palestinian territoriality/urbanity as well as a tool of spatial dispossession and control. It also examines contemporary political violence and destruction in the context of colonial projects in the Middle East. The book demonstrates how the dilution or negation of the Israeli politics of control, surveillance and destruction in the occupied Palestinian Territories potentially produce other modes of Palestinian resistance throughout the every day tactics, commemoration and reconstruction projects.
Part I: Introduction 1 Urban Destruction, urbicide and surveillance, Theoretical Inquiry Part II: Place Making 2 Urban Reality Development in Historical Perspective 3 Nablus Old Town Identity: Urban Analysis 4 Nablus Old Town Identity: Perceptions, Meanings & Inhabitants’ Cognitive Maps Part III: Place Unmaking 5 History of Urban/Territorial Destruction in Palestine 1948-2002 6 The Urbicide of Nablus Part IV: Place Remaking 7 Post-Urbicide resilience: Towards Formulating an Approach 8 Scenario for spatial fragmentations: A formulation of Post-Urbicide Strategy towards New Identity Part V: General Conclusion
Nurhan Abujidi has been Professor of Urban Desgin, International Relations and Research Coordinator at the School of Architecture, San Jorge Univeristy since 2011. She is also a senior associate researcher at COSMOPOLIS city culture and sociecty at Vrije Univeristy of Brussels.