“The West Side Story”: Urban Communication and the Social Exclusion of the Hazara People in West Kabul

“The West Side Story”: Urban Communication and the Social Exclusion of the Hazara People in West Kabul

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Title: “The West Side Story”: Urban Communication and the Social Exclusion of the Hazara People in West Kabul
Author: Karimi, Mohammad Ali
Abstract: Within the framework of urban communication, this thesis attempts to "read" the urban space of West Kabul in Afghanistan, as a social and cultural text in order to understand the social exclusion of the Hazara people, a socially and politically disenfranchised ethnic group who predominantly inhabit that area. Based on data gathered through documentary research and non-participant field observations, this thesis argues that the urban space of West Kabul is the spatial manifestation of a systematic exclusionary process, through which, the Hazara people have been deprived from access to political, economic and cultural resources, services and opportunities. It interprets the city planning, distribution of resources, urbicide, streetscape, architecture and the body as the main sites where the social exclusion of the Hazaras in West Kabul is exercised. This study also provides a discussion about the historical evolution of West Kabul as an ethnic ghetto, as well as the various forms of conflict which led to spatial and social division in Kabul city.
Date: 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20322
Supervisor: Lowes, Mark
Faculty: arts
Degree: MA

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