City and Soul in Divided Societies
Published September 7th 2011 by Routledge – 288 pages
In this unique book Scott A. Bollens combines personal narrative with academic analysis in telling the story of inflammatory nationalistic and ethnic conflict in nine cities – Jerusalem, Beirut, Belfast, Johannesburg, Nicosia, Sarajevo, Mostar, Bilbao, and Barcelona. Reporting on seventeen years of research and over 240 interviews with political leaders, planners, architects, community representatives, and academics, he blends personal reflections, reportage from a wealth of original interviews, and the presentation of hard data in a multidimensional and interdisciplinary exploration of these urban environments of damage, trauma, healing, and repair.
City and Soul in Divided Societies reveals what it is like living and working in these cities, going inside the head of the researcher. This approach extends the reader’s understanding of these places and connects more intimately with the lived urban experience. Bollens observes that a city disabled by nationalistic strife looks like a callous landscape of securitized space, divisions and wounds, frozen in time and in place. Yet, the soul in these cities perseveres.
Written for general readers and academic specialists alike, City and Soul in Divided Societies integrates facts, opinions, photographs, and observations in original ways in order to illuminate the substantial challenges of living in, and governing, polarized and unsettled cities.
"City and Soul in Divided Cities offers a telling perspective about how people divided by race, religion, ethnicity, class, and history manage to coexist and in some circumstances even to thrive. Bollens achieves this through a deft combination of carefully crafted and thoughtful analysis, insight, and guidance, interspersed liberally with the words of residents and champions of these cities and presented with images, figures, and set-aside boxes of imaginative prose." – Journal of the American Planning Association
Part A: Polarized Cities 1. Introduction 2. Scholarship with an ‘I’ 3. Soul in the City: Epic Cultures and Urban Fault-lines Part B: Nine Cities, Nine Sorrows 4. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina ‘Urbicide’ and Dayton 5. Johannesburg, South Africa: ‘Swimming Olympic Style after Years of Drowning’ 6. Belfast, Northern Ireland: A ‘Peace’ Not Envisioned 7. Nicosia, Cyprus:urmounting Walls, not Politics 8. Basque Country, Spain: Moving from Etxea to Euskal Hiria 9. Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: The City as War Spoils 10. Barcelona, Spain: An Inclusive Nationalism? 11. Jerusalem, Israel and West Bank: Narrowing the Grounds for Peace 12. Beirut, Lebanon: City in an Indeterminate State, Part I 13. Beirut, Lebanon:City in an Indeterminate State, Part II Part C: Synthesis 14. Comparing Across Conflicts 15. Cities and National Peace
Scott A. Bollens is Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Irvine, where he holds the Warmington Chair in Peace and International Coooperation. He is author of Cities, Nationalism, and Democratization (2007), On Narrow Ground (2000), and Urban Peace-Building in Divided Societies (1999).