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Territorial stigma formation in the Israeli city of Bat Yam, 1950e1983

Nir Cohen
Journal of Historical Geography

The paper analyses the process of territorial stigma formation in the case of the Israeli city of Bat Yam. Focusing on the period of 1950e1983, it argues that
the stigma was constituted historically by a combination of three distinct attributes, namely its accelerated urban growth and (a lack of) appropriate
planning, the (ethnic) composition of the population, and everyday practices of deviant conduct, primarily crime. Taken together, these produced the city
as a socio-spatial mélange in which physical disorder, ethnic ‘others’ and explicit illegality reign. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources, the
paper seeks to refine understanding of the discursive mechanisms by which images of (types-of) people are juxtaposed with those of (types-of) places at
particular historical junctures to create and sustain territorial stigmas