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From commemorative narratives to city planning policy: The case of Jerusalem
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Center for Urban and Regional Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9599-7776
2017 (English)In: Creating the city. Identity, memory and participation: Conference Program, 2017Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Jerusalem is one of the main battle grounds in the Israel-Palestine conflict and as such part of a narrative and commemorative battle. There is no common and accepted truth about the history, the everyday life, the administration, or the future of the city. The identity politics of Jerusalem contains a number of narratives and one main characteristic is that they are based on so called commemorations that play a large role in the construction of Jerusalem. The commemorative narratives are used and produced in order to state a claim. This paper focuses on identifying these narratives, and particularly the narratives of place connected to for instance commemorative sites and cultural heritage. The paper will furthermore analyze how these narratives are used as a base for political claims and how they affect administrative processes in a contested city. Commemorative narratives could be connected to a larger framework – a so-called master commemorative narrative. This master narrative gives a wider picture of the collective memory. Memories and narratives are rarely undisputed. Where we find memories we also find counter-memories and counter-narratives causing a narrative battle and in the case of Jerusalem these narratives have the capacity to ignite the conflict. It is therefore necessary to better understand the role of these narratives within a conflict and within specific administrative processes. The material analyzed in this paper consists of political speeches, documents and statements as well as 63 semi-structured interviews performed in 2007 and 2009 and a follow-up survey performed in 2015. 

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2017.
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Identity, commemorative narratives, planning policy, city policy
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-55989DiVA: diva2:1077558
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Creating the city. Identity, memory and participation. Malmö, Sweden, February 9-10, 2017
Available from: 2017-02-28 Created: 2017-02-28 Last updated: 2017-02-28Bibliographically approved

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