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The Insecure City : Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut / Kristin V. Monroe.

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Author/Creator:
Monroe, Kristin V., author.
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (194 pages) : illustrations
Subjects:
Urban anthropology -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Violence -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
City traffic -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Sociology, Urban -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- Social conditions.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
System Details:
Mode of access: internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Fifteen years after the end of a protracted civil and regional war, Beirut broke out in violence once again, forcing residents to contend with many forms of insecurity, amid an often violent political and economic landscape. Providing a picture of what ordinary life is like for urban dwellers surviving sectarian violence, The Insecure City captures the day-to-day experiences of citizens of Beirut moving through a war-torn landscape. While living in Beirut, Kristin Monroe conducted interviews with a diverse group of residents of the city. She found that when people spoke about getting around in Beirut, they were also expressing larger concerns about social, political, and economic life. It was not only violence that threatened Beirut's ordinary residents, but also class dynamics that made life even more precarious. For instance, the installation of checkpoints and the rerouting of traffic-set up for the security of the elite-forced the less fortunate to alter their lives in ways that made them more at risk. Similarly, the ability to pass through security blockades often had to do with an individual's visible markers of class, such as clothing, hairstyle, and type of car. Monroe examines how understandings and practices of spatial mobility in the city reflect social differences, and how such experiences led residents to be bitterly critical of their government. In The Insecure City, Monroe takes urban anthropology in a new and meaningful direction, discussing traffic in the Middle East to show that when people move through Beirut they are experiencing the intersection of citizen and state, of the more and less privileged, and, in general, the city's politically polarized geography.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
FIGURES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTE ON LANGUAGE
INTRODUCTION
1. THE PRIVATIZED CITY
2. THE SPACE OF WAR
3. POLITICS AND PUBLIC SPACE
4. SECURING BEIRUT
5. THE CHAOS OF DRIVING
6. "THERE IS NO STATE"
CONCLUSION
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 04. Sep 2019)
ISBN:
0-8135-7465-X
OCLC:
944961549
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9780813574653 doi
Access Restriction:
Open Access Unrestricted online access star
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