Universities and colleges are not merely institutes but may also be viewed as places with sense of place that reflects discourses and narratives about these geographical entities and their role within their environment. As such they develop relationships with other geographical entities that may reconstruct regional and local identities. These notions are examined in the case of a college and a neighboring small town in rural southern Israel. We demonstrate how college and town narratives shape dynamics of the relationships between them over time, and the present convergence of past polarized and conflicting identities of the regional population around a common identity centered on the emergence of the college as a dominant regional entity. These processes are framed within wider unique socio-political and academic contexts of Israeli society.
|Keywords:||College, Community, Geographical Entity, Relationships, Identity, Kibbutz, Development Town, Israel|
Lecturer, Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
MA Student, Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
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