The Israeli Paradigm of Territory

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Against the governing tendency of analyzing the production of space in Israel in purely political terms, the article demonstrates that the cultural dimension is critical for understanding the Israeli paradigm of territory. Extensive and intensive analysis of the key Israeli expression for concreteness and the term designating the territories occupied by Israel since 1967 (which both stem from the same root), thereby bringing together cultural, linguistic, historical, and political perspectives across several registers, reveals the Israeli paradigm of territory as a core part of a thick Israeli cultural ideology. The article concludes by pointing out how and why, under the weight of the present occupation, this paradigm is in the process of breaking up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalSpace and Culture
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2016

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  • Israeli construction of space
  • Israeli-occupied territories
  • Land
  • Metaphors of concreteness
  • Territory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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