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.
Introduction - Hilal Alkan and Nazan Maksudyan 1
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 20
2. Killing Time in a Roma Neighborhood: Habitus and Precariousness in a Small Town in Western Turkey - Sezai Ozan Zeybek 44
3. Of Basti and Bazaar: Place Making and Women's Lives in Nizamuddin, Delhi - Samprati Pani 64
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 88
5. Past Neighbourhoods: Palestinians and Jerusalem's ‘enlarged Jewish Quarter’ - Johannes Becker 116
6. Where is Alexandria? Myths of the City and the Anti-city after Cosmopolitanism - Samuli Schielke 141
7. Jerusalem's Lost Heart: The Rise and Fall of the Late-Ottoman City Centre - Yair Wallach 165
III- Intimacies: Neighbourhoods as Sources and Objects of Claim-making
8. Violence, Temporality and Sociality in a Kashmiri Neighbourhood - Aatina Nasir Malik 191
9. Syrian Migration and Logics of Alterity in an Istanbul Neighbourhood- Hilal Alkan 214
10. Negotiating Solidarity and Conflict within a Neighbourhood: Gülsuyu-Gülensu and the Scale of Politics - Derya Özkaya 239
11. Urban Tectonics and Lifestyles in Motion: Affective and Spatial Negotiations of Belonging in Tophane, Istanbul - Urszula Ewa Woźniak 264
12. The Basij of Neighbourhood: Techniques of Government and Local Sociality in Bandar Abbas - Ahmad Moradi 288