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Urban Borderlands: Spatial Change in Amman and Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Atteneder, Siegfried; (2018) Urban Borderlands: Spatial Change in Amman and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This research is concerned with the complexity of the current spatial constitution in general and that of urban spaces in particular, and as such explores ways to analyse this constitution. Enquiring about the spatial source of urban change, the study is about the coming-together of different spaces, working with progressive notions of borders. A secondary interest considers the potential of such enquiry for more inclusive and just processes in urban change. The theoretical frame for the study uses Doreen Massey's conception of space as relational, multiple and open, and my interpretation of the concept of borderland, which I claim operationalises Massey's approach. This framework recognises the role of various near and far spaces in urban change and suggests that more 'border-situations', conceptually extended into urban spaces, potentially foster more inclusive and just urban change. Building on a comparative approach, 'contextualisation', as the methodological framework, analyses urban spaces and their ongoing change through the lens of relational, multiple and open space and borderland, instead of treating urban spaces as discrete spatial entities. Empirically, the research is situated in Amman, Jordan and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, in a region where borders are both fiercely contested and seemingly unalterable at the same time. Historically a region of overlaps and heterogeneity, where people, religions, goods and 'cultures' came together, the relatively young cities are as internationally interdependent and interwoven as others. Whilst the two cities aspire towards 'global' or 'world' city status, contradictory policies of homogenisation and isolation are found at the state level. Related to other scales, urban change policies and implemented projects perpetuate socio-economic exclusivity and injustice. The research suggests the balance of power in urban change processes manifests in 'bordering' mechanisms that unfold in a space between entities - the borderland.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Urban Borderlands: Spatial Change in Amman and Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043617
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