The city, Citizenship, Urban condition, Urban infrastructure, Urban conflict, Middle East
In Being Urban, Simon Goldhill and his team of outstanding urbanists explore the meaning of the urban condition, with particular reference to the Middle East.
In Being Urban, Simon Goldhill and his team of outstanding urbanists explore the meaning of the urban condition, with particular reference to the Middle East. As Goldhill explains in his introduction, ‘What is a good city?’, five questions motivate the book:
How can a city be systematically planned and yet maintain a possibility of flexibility, change, and the wellbeing of citizens?
How does the city represent itself to itself, and image its past, its present and its future?
What is it to dwell in, and experience, a city?
How does violence erupt in and to a city, and what strategies of reconciliation and reconstruction can be employed?
And finally, what is the relationship between the infrastructure of the city and the political process?
Following the introduction, the twelve chapters are grouped into four sections: Engagement and Space; Infrastructure and Affect; Conflict and Structures; and Curating the City. Throughout, the contributors reflect on aspects of urban infrastructure and culture, citizenship, belonging and exclusion, politics and conflict, with examples from across the Middle East, from Cairo to Tehran, Tel Aviv to Istanbul.
Not only will Being Urban further understanding of the topography of citizenship in the Middle East and beyond, it will also contribute to answering one of today’s key questions: What Is A Good City?
Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of King’s College, and Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the British Academy.
Introduction: What Is a Good City?
Part I Engagement and Space
Chapter 1 The Public Realm
Chapter 2 On Urban Failure
Chapter 3 On the Possibility of Urban Citizenship: Inclusive Identities, Exclusive Spaces
Nezar AlSayyad and Sujin Eom
Part II Infrastructure and Affect
Chapter 4 Urban Atmospheres
Chapter 5 Atmospheric Urban Geopolitics
Chapter 6 Becoming a Crowd: Multiple Narratives, Identities and Ambiguities: People’s Places in the Near East/Levant: Tahrir Square, Cairo, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv
Mike Turner and Yonca Erkan
Part III Conflict and Structure
Chapter 7 The Conditions of Urbicide
Chapter 8 Sovereignty and the Urban Question: Exploring the Material Foundations for Imagined Communities of Allegiance in Conflict Cities
Diane E. Davis
Chapter 9 Precariousness and Protest: Negotiating Urban Refuge in Cairo and Tel Aviv
Part IV Curating the City
Chapter 10 The Levantine Age: Cosmopolitanism and Colonialism in the Eastern Mediterranean
Chapter 11 Excavating Urban Imaginaries in Tehran
Chapter 12 A Spectral Sumud: Jaffa in Kamal Aljafari’s Port of Memory
Mezna Qato and Sadia Shirazi