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Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon:
Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power
Joanne Randa Nucho

Paperback | 2016 | $27.95 | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780691168975
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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.

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

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"Nucho writes about the working-class predominantly ethnic Armenian Beirut suburb called Bourj Hammoud. Based on extensive field research, she explores how in everyday life, institutions, especially the infrastructure layers crisscrossing the community, interact with sectarianism. . . . The book's strength is bringing to life the rich complexity of this densely packed community."--Choice

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"In this thoughtful book, Joanne Randa Nucho tells the story of how electricity, educational and social work facilities, credit services, and mobility infrastructures are imagined, planned, used, and abused. Nucho manages to defamiliarize the familiar and forces us to look at the hidden structures under the surface of social relations more inquisitively and critically."--Laleh Khalili, SOAS, University of London

"Joanne Randa Nucho brilliantly captures the everyday acts that continually reinvent sectarianism and she challenges the assumption that sectarian communities are old and natural. Sectarianism, she boldly argues, is made through municipal organizations, nonprofits, lending institutions, and other establishments that channel resources along sectarian lines. Marvelously ethnographic, Nucho's nuanced book is a must-read for those who believe that ‘ethnic,' ‘tribal,' ‘religious,' and ‘sectarian' identities are an ageless given."--Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis

"This is a wonderful book, both accessible and compelling. Looking at the complex city of Beirut, Nucho skillfully expands traditional ideas of human and material infrastructure to include areas that are far from ordinary. The discussions of memory and its deployment to shape an uncertain future are incisive and assured."--AbdouMaliq Simone, author of City Life from Jakarta to Dakar

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Table of Contents:

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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