Border lives : an ethnography of a Lebanese town in changing times / by Michelle Obeid.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Women and gender, the Middle East and the Islamic world; v. 16.
Women and gender, the Middle East and the Islamic world, 1570-7628 ; volume 16
xi, 182 pages ; 25 cm.
- Arsal (Lebanon) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Arsal (Lebanon -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Women -- Lebanon -- Arsal -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Women -- Lebanon -- Arsal -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Ethnology -- Lebanon -- Arsal.
Lebanon -- Boundaries -- Syria.
Syria -- Boundaries -- Lebanon.
Women -- Social conditions.
- Border Lives offers an in-depth account of how people in Arsal, a northeastern town on the border of Lebanon with Syria, experienced postwar sociality, and how they grappled with living in the margins of the Lebanese state in the period following the 1975-1990 war. In a rich ethnography of 'changing times,' Michelle Obeid shows how restrictions in cross-border mobility, transformations in physical and social spaces, burgeoning new industries and shifting political alliances produced divergent ideologies about domesticity and the family, morality and personhood. Attending to metaphors of modernity in a rural border context, Border Lives broadens the sites in which modernity and social change can be investigated.
- Introduction : border lives in changing times
Sociality between movement and space
Living well : experiments in livelihoods
Pastoralists : living the past in the present
Marriage between love and fate
Suspicion and scorpions : the morality of kinship
Local elections : politics at the margin Afterward : what the future hides.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Obeid, Michelle, author. Border lives
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