Armed compounds and broken arms: The cultural production of gated communities

Jill L. Grant, Gillad Rosen

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In recent geographic and urban discourse, neoliberalism increasingly appears as an explanatory framework for a range of spatial phenomena, including gated communities. This article compares the form and function of gated communities in Israel and Canada to illustrate how locally and historically contingent development processes and cultural understandings intersect and interact with globalizing practices and regional manifestations of neoliberal policies. In so doing, it explores the way that global and local processes collectively produce gated communities with varying regional expressions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)575-589
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for funding support for the research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Re- search Council of Canada, the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Israel Association for Canadian Studies. Thanks to research assistants Blake Laven, Kirstin Maxwell, and Katherine Perrott for help with data collection, and to the journal’s reviewers and editors for challenging and helpful suggestions.


  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Gated communities
  • Israel
  • Neoliberalism


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