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Massalha, Manal (2014) In suspension. LSE Research Festival 2014, The London School of Economics and Political Science, GBR. (Submitted)

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This photo is of the city of Umm-el-Fahem, my research site. Umm-el-Fahem, the second largest Palestinian locality in Israel, was declared a city in 1985. The city’s urban infrastructure however, is very poor, with no industry and hardly any job opportunities. The city is a dormitory consumption site. It is a concrete jungle, with almost no urban planning, no neutral public space, playgrounds or green space, except in cemeteries and home gardens. Umm-el-Fahem suffers from a shortage of land for public use and has a severe housing crisis. In Israel, although land is under state ownership, Palestinian citizens are excluded from enjoying access to state land or public housing. Therefore, housing is self-provided and people use every inch of their land to build their houses, often with little to no distance between them and their next-door neighbours. Umm-el-Fahem inhabits a state of suspension where it is neither a city nor a village.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2014 16:01
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 18:00
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014

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