Social Control, Urban Planning and Ethno-Class Relations: Mizrahi Jews in Israel's 'Development Towns'

  title={Social Control, Urban Planning and Ethno-Class Relations: Mizrahi Jews in Israel's 'Development Towns'},
  author={Oren Yiftachel},
  journal={International Journal of Urban and Regional Research},
  • O. Yiftachel
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • History
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Urban planning is usually portrayed as a benign and progressive societal force. This interpretation is critically examined through an evaluation of Israel's development town project. According to the 'best' planning concepts available during the 1950s, Israel built 28 new towns, mainly on the country's peripheral 'frontiers'. New immigrants, chiefly low-income Mizrahi Jews, were housed in the towns, which provided a cornerstone of Israel's national project of 'Judaising' the country. The… 

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