‘I came naïve from the village’: on Palestinian urbanism and ruralism in Haifa under the British Mandate
By: Ben Ze’ev N.
Published in: British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
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Description: During the Mandate period (1920–1948), Haifa attracted thousands of Palestinian rural migrants, who constituted a signif icant portion of its Arab population. The article examines the experience of rural migrants in urban life and the influence of this social group on urban society. I argue that rural migrants contributed to Haifa’s economic development, participated in political and cultural activity and formed a connecting link between the city and their villages of origin. Rural migrants played a significant role as agents of change in Palestinian society, owing to the conjunction of rural and urban characteristics in their daily life. To demonstrate this, I focus on three arenas of their agency: the labour market, civil society and militias during the Arab Revolt. Their involvement in civil associations and in the Arab Revolt was central to their construction of modernity, and they disseminated it in widening circles in their villages of origin and among their acquaintances in the city. © 2018, © 2018 British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.