The reflection of the Israeli ‘incorporation regime’ in the land allocation institution in Israel’s urban area, 1950–1960

Ella Trachtenberg, Alexandre Kedar, Deborah Shmueli

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This article focuses on the Israeli land regime as reflected in the land allocation activities of the Development Authority (DA) in urban areas between 1950 and 1960, and particularly on how allocation of space influenced the development of a social stratum during this nation-building period. The analytical lens applies two concepts to the empirical data on DA activities during this period: ‘incorporation regime’ and ‘citizen discourse’. The outcome is an understanding of the ‘rules of the game’ supporting selective access to land allocations in given areas. Accessibility was aimed at distinct Jewish groups – wealthy, connected/networked, and veteran citizens, in line with the republican discourse in Israel at the time. The findings provide a deeper understanding of connections among institutional mechanisms, citizenship discourse and land allocation, and their expression both spatially and in terms of the fabric of life that developed within the social, political and land regime contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-608
Number of pages24
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was provided by the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) and the Jewish National Fund.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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