Geographies of violence in Jerusalem: The spatial logic of urban intergroup conflict

Jonathan Rokem*, Chagai M. Weiss, Dan Miodownik

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This paper assesses how spatial configurations shape and transform individual and collective forms of urban violence, suggesting that geographies of urban violence should be understood as an issue of mobility. We document and map violent events in Jerusalem, assessing the possible impact of street patterns: segmenting populations, linking populations, and creating spaces for conflict between the city's Jewish and Palestinian populations. Using space syntax network analysis, we demonstrate that, in the case of Jerusalem, street connectivity is positively associated with individual violence yet negatively associated with collective violence. Our findings suggest that understanding the logic of urban intergroup violence requires us to pay close attention to local urban morphology and its impact on intergroup relations in ethnically divided and heterogeneous environments.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)88-97
Number of pages10
JournalPolitical Geography
StatePublished - Sep 2018

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  • Contested cities
  • Intergroup conflict
  • Jerusalem
  • Palestinian–Israeli conflict
  • Political violence
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial violence


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