Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon

Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power

What causes violent conflicts around the Middle East? All too often, the answer is sectarianism--popularly viewed as a timeless and intractable force that leads religious groups to conflict. In Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon, Joanne Nucho shows how wrong this perspective can be. Les mer
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What causes violent conflicts around the Middle East? All too often, the answer is sectarianism--popularly viewed as a timeless and intractable force that leads religious groups to conflict. In Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon, Joanne Nucho shows how wrong this perspective can be. Through in-depth research with local governments, NGOs, and political parties in Beirut, she demonstrates how sectarianism is actually recalibrated on a daily basis through the provision of essential services and infrastructures, such as electricity, medical care, credit, and the planning of bridges and roads. Taking readers to a working-class, predominantly Armenian suburb in northeast Beirut called Bourj Hammoud, Nucho conducts extensive interviews and observations in medical clinics, social service centers, shops, banking coops, and municipal offices. She explores how group and individual access to services depends on making claims to membership in the dominant sectarian community, and she examines how sectarianism is not just tied to ethnoreligious identity, but also class, gender, and geography.
Life in Bourj Hammoud makes visible a broader pattern in which the relationships that develop while procuring basic needs become a way for people to see themselves as part of the greater public. Illustrating how sectarianism in Lebanon is not simply about religious identity, as is commonly thought, Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon offers a new look at how everyday social exchanges define and redefine communities and conflicts.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

List of Illustrations ix Note on Language xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction 1 1 All That Endures from Past to Present Temporality, Sectarianism, and a "Return" to Wartime in Lebanon 30 2 Permanently Temporary Constructing "Armenianness" through Informal Property Regimes 51 3 Building the Networks NGOs, Gender, and "Community" 73 4 From Shirkets to Bankas Credit, Lending, and the Narrowing of Networks 94 5 The Eyes of Odars City-to-City Collaborations and Transnational Reach 108 Conclusion Far More Dangerous Times 127 Notes 136 References 151 Index 165

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Joanne Randa Nucho is a Mellon-Chau postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at Pomona College.