Symbolic Spaces of Difference: Contesting the Eruv in Barnet, London and Tenafly, New Jersey

  title={Symbolic Spaces of Difference: Contesting the Eruv in Barnet, London and Tenafly, New Jersey},
  author={Sophie Watson},
  journal={Environment and Planning D: Society and Space},
  pages={597 - 613}
  • S. Watson
  • Published 1 August 2005
  • Sociology
  • Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
In this paper I explore discourses and resistances mobilized around the construction of an Orthodox Jewish symbolic and material concrete space, the ‘eruv’, in two localities (one in the United Kingdom, one in the USA) where it has been at the center of heated debate and contestation. Conflicts around the reordering and redefining of this public space expose some of the limits of living with difference and normative versions of multiculturalism in the city. Through a detailed examination of two… 

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