Spatial Cognitive Dissonance and Socio—spatial Emergence in a Self-Organizing City

  • Juval Portugali
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Modern, or rather postmodern, cities are characterized by spatial, social and cultural pluralism: the city can be described as a spatial mosaic of coexisting cultural and social groups (see Chap. 2, Sect. 2.13). Some of these groups, such as Little-Italy or China Town, are the product of ‘old’ ethnic groups who emigrated to the city as already established cultural groups, while others, and this is the more recent phenomenon, are the dialectical product of the city itself (Yuppies, Gays, Lesbians). If in the two previous chapters our aim was to study the way already established cultural groups participate in constructing the city’s cultural and socio—spatial mosaic, our aim here is to examine the way a new cultural, or social, spatial entity emerges out of the city dynamics. The general question here concerns, of course, morphogenesis: the way a new spatial socio—cultural entity is born.


Cultural Group Cultural Identity Cognitive Dissonance Model City Simulation Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juval Portugali
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  1. 1.Department of Geography and the Human EnvironmentTel Aviv UniversityRamat Aviv, Tel AvivIsrael

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