Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon
Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power
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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.
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