Among the consequences of the consolidation of the Israeli closure regime have been the contraction of Palestinians' social worlds and the emergence of new forms of localism. Unlike the more parochial West Bank towns of Nablus, Hebron, and Jenin, Ramallah/al-Bireh has taken on many of the cosmopolitan aspects of larger metropoles——Beirut, Cairo, Tunis——because of a combination of historical influences, present-day migration patterns, and political realities. The result is a paradoxical ““enclave city”” whose sights are oftentimes more fixed on the global rather than the national level.
Research Article| July 01 2008
Enclave Micropolis: The Paradoxical Case of Ramallah/al-Bireh
Journal of Palestine Studies (2008) 37 (4): 6–20.
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Lisa Taraki; Enclave Micropolis: The Paradoxical Case of Ramallah/al-Bireh. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 July 2008; 37 (4): 6–20. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2008.37.4.6
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