A tale of two cities

The production of difference in a Mediterranean border enclave

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
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Laia Soto Bermant Universidad Nacional de San Martín laia.sotobermant@anthro.oxon.org

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In this article, I explore how Christians and Muslims are produced as separate and mutually exclusive communities in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. I argue that while the constitution of these groups as ‘communities’ is the result of a long history of unequal power relations and socio‐spatial segregation, the reproduction of the boundaries between the two depends on the active transmission of particular codes of conduct and modes of behaviour in the public sphere. It is through these discursive and bodily practices that difference is actively produced.

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