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Urban Neighbourhood Formations Boundaries, Narrations and Intimacies

Edited By Hilal Alkan, Nazan Maksudyan Copyright 2020
    272 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book examines the formation of urban neighbourhoods in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.  It departs from ‘neighbourhoods’ to consider identity, coexistence, solidarity, and violence in relations to a place.

    Urban Neighbourhood Formations revolves around three major aspects of making and unmaking of neighbourhoods: spatial and temporal boundaries of neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods as imagined and narrated entities, and neighbourhood as social relations. With extensive case studies from Johannesburg to Istanbul and from Jerusalem to Delhi, this volume shows how spatial amenities, immaterial processes of narrating and dreaming, and the lasting effect of intimacies and violence in a neighbourhood are intertwined and negotiated over time in the construction of moral orders, urban practices, and political identities at large.

    This book offers insights into neighbourhood formations in an age of constant mobility and helps us understand the grassroots-level dynamics of xenophobia and hostility, as much as welcoming and openness. It would be of interest for both academics and more general audiences, as well as for students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Urban Studies and Anthropology.


    Hilal Alkan and Nazan Maksudyan

    Part I: Borders: Material, Temporal and Conceptual Boundaries of Neighborhoods

    1. What Makes a Township a Neighbourhood? The Case of Eldorado Park, Johannesburg

    Alex Wafer and Kholofelo Rameetse

    2. Killing Time in a Roma Neighborhood: Habitus and Precariousness in a Small Town in Western Turkey

    Sezai Ozan Zeybek

    3. Of Basti and Bazaar: Place Making and Women's Lives in Nizamuddin, Delhi

    Samprati Pani

    Part II: Stories: Neighbourhoods as Imagined and Narrated Entities

    4. Two Tales of a Neighbourhood: Eyüp as a Stage for the Ottoman Conquest and Turkish War of Independence

    Annegret Roelcke

    5. Past Neighbourhoods: Palestinians and Jerusalem's ‘enlarged Jewish Quarter’

    Johannes Becker

    6. Where is Alexandria? Myths of the City and the Anti-city after Cosmopolitanism

    Samuli Schielke

    7. Jerusalem's Lost Heart: The Rise and Fall of the Late-Ottoman City Centre

    Yair Wallach

    Part III: Intimacies: Neighbourhoods as Sources and Objects of Claim-making

    8. Violence, Temporality and Sociality in a Kashmiri Neighbourhood

    Aatina Nasir Malik

    9. Syrian Migration and Logics of Alterity in an Istanbul Neighbourhood

    Hilal Alkan

    10. Negotiating Solidarity and Conflict within a Neighbourhood: Gülsuyu-Gülensu and the Scale of Politics

    Derya Özkaya

    11. Urban Tectonics and Lifestyles in Motion: Affective and Spatial Negotiations of Belonging in Tophane, Istanbul

    Urszula Ewa Wozniak

    12. The Basij of Neighbourhood: Techniques of Government and Local Sociality in Bandar Abbas

    Ahmad Moradi


    Hilal Alkan is a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Her work focuses on charitable giving, migration, gender and social welfare, through the lenses of anthropology, citizenship studies and urban studies.

    Nazan Maksudyan is professor of history at the Freie Universität Berlin and a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch. Her research focuses on the history of children and youth, with special interest in gender, sexuality, education, humanitarianism, and non-Muslims.