Case 3: Living in a Mixed City in Times of Political Tension
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The chapter portrays a case focusing on Jewish and Arab/Palestinian residents of a mixed city. It explores their life experiences in diverse contexts in times of political tensions. The chapter captures the findings of individual semi-structured interviews with residents, some of them owners and/or employees of real estate agencies. The research shows that the historical process that reversed the structure of power relations between Jews and Arab/Palestinians in Haifa and the persistent political tensions in the broader context of the Israeli society, all constrict the scope and quality of shared life in the city. Notwithstanding the limitations of shared life, Jewish and Arab/Palestinian residents maintain the fragile status quo in the city, despite the escalating phase of the protracted Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Future research will further explicate the modes of coping with diversity in the mixed city.
KeywordsJews-Arabs/palestinians power relations Mixed, divided, or ethnically fractured city Shared living Social distance Status quo
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