Trans-Colonial Urban Space in Palestine
Politics and Development
By Maha Samman
Routledge – 2012 – 336 pages
Taking a multidisciplinary approach to examine the dynamics of ethno-national contestation and colonialism in Israel/Palestine, this book investigates the approaches for dealing with the colonial and post-colonial urban space, resituating them within the various theoretical frameworks in colonial urban studies.
The book uses Henry Lefebvre’s three constituents of space – perceived, conceived and lived – to analyse past and present colonial cases interactively with time. It mixes the non-temporal conceptual framework of analysis of colonialism using literature of previous colonial cases with the inter-temporal abstract Lefebvrian concepts of space to produce an inter-temporal re-reading of them. Israeli colonialism in the occupied areas of 1967, its contractions from Sinai and Gaza, and the implications on the West Bank are analysed in detail.
By illustrating the transformations in colonial urban space at different temporal stages, a new phase is proposed - the trans-colonial. This provides a conceptual means to avoid the pitfalls of neo-colonial and post-colonial influences experienced in previous cases, and the book goes on to highlight the implications of such a phase on the Palestinians. It is an important contribution to studies on Middle East Politics and Urban Geography.
Introduction 1. Colonial Urban Space 2. Post-colonial and Trans-colonial Urban Development 3. Israeli Colonial Urban Development 4. Lived Space under Israeli Colonial Rule 5. Israeli Decolonization 6. Palestinian Trans-colonialism
Maha Samman holds an Msc in Urban Planning from Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, a PhD in Political Geography from University of Exeter, UK and is Assistant Professor at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem.