IGU Urban Commission, Tel Aviv, 2010


Geography and human environment Dept. Tel Aviv University, Israel


The structure of social space in Tel Aviv


Urban social spaces are traditionally embeded in the Chicago models focusing on residential segregation, neighborhood formation and socio-spatial interaction. These studies are assuming that social relations and distance friction and proximity are directly related. Our ongoing study shows that individuals' everyday life spaces may enlarge to national and even global reaches influencing agents' identities and scio-spatial behavior. We introduced the concept of spatial lifestyles to show that the interactions between residential, social and activity spaces are less associated with each other than ever in the past. We identified two forms of segregation, one bounded to local neighborhoods and the other can be based on homogeneous networks highly dispersed in space. Places in the city become core of identity formation in which individuals mingle in order to practice one component in their complex repertoires of identities when each person can share with mates only that aspect of thie identity and differ from the others in other aspect of their identity repertoires. The study shows that Tel Aviv is a highly ethnic city with one third of their residence bounded in segregated networks despite the fact that only 13 percent are residentially segregated at the level of the block and almost no body is segregated at the level of the neighborhood. In addition the characteristics of two places as meeting points that form identity in Tel Aviv were investigated; Sheinkin as the core of a postnational identity and The Etzel Meuseum as a liminal place that undermine nationalistic feelings.


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