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By Scott A. Bollens

Towns, Nationalism, and Democratization offers a theoretically educated, practice-oriented account of intercultural clash and co-existence in towns. Bollens makes use of a wide-ranging set of over a hundred interviews with neighborhood political and group leaders to enquire how well known city rules can set off 'pushes from less than' that aid geographical regions deal with social and political demanding situations. The ebook brings the town and the city scale into modern debates approximately democratic alterations in ethnically assorted nations. It connects the town, on conceptual and pragmatic degrees, to 2 major problems with this day – the lifestyles of competing and almost certainly damaging nationalistic allegiances and the restrictions of democracy in multinational societies. Bollens reveals that towns and urbanists should not unavoidably hemmed in via ethnic clash and political gridlock, yet might be proactive brokers that stimulate the development of societal normalization. The fuller power of towns is of their skill to catalyze multinational democratization. Alternately, if towns are left unprotected and unmanaged, ethnic antagonists can fragment the city’s collective pursuits in ways in which decelerate and confine the development of sustainable democracy. This ebook can be useful to students, overseas businesses, and grassroots firms in figuring out why and the way the peace-constitutive urban emerges from time to time whereas it's lost and missed in others.

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About 90 percent of them were audiotaped and subsequently transcribed. In about 10 percent of the cases, I used a translator to facilitate discussion. I also investigated published and unpublished government plans and policy documents, political party platforms and initiatives, implementing regulations, and laws and enabling statutes in terms of how they address issues associated with intergroup difference at local, regional, and national levels. I also employed quantitative data concerning growth and housing trends and budgetary spending to supplement interviewbased findings.

The city of Nicosia on the island of Cyprus represents well this moribund and unsure space between active conflict and movement toward peace-building. The city and island have been for over 30 years cleanly separated through a physical partitioning into opposing sides. The wall has suspended overt conflict, yet genuine political and social reconciliation dealing with the root causes of the Cyprus problem remains elusive. Southern Nicosia is the capital city and seat of government of the Republic of Cyprus, the part of the island inhabited by the Greek Cypriot population.

This is so because the root political issues of the broader nationalistic conflict remain unresolved. In such a circumstance, the city becomes a flashpoint, platform, and/or independent focus of broader conflict. When there is such active urban conflict and a vulnerability of the urban arena to deeper nationalistic currents, urban policy and planning approaches are likely to become rigid, defensive and partisan in efforts to protect the governing group in this unstable environment. This is what I have found in Jerusalem, where strife and conflict remain a fact of life in both the city proper and in the interface areas bordering Israel proper and the West Bank.

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