Elite Strategies, Civil Society, and Sectarian Identities in Postwar Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Salloukh, Bassel
dc.contributor.author Clark, Janine
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-05T12:44:52Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-05T12:44:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2013
dc.date.issued 2015-11-05
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7438 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2441
dc.description.abstract This article explains the endurance of sectarian identities and modes of political mobilization in Lebanon after the civil war. This is done by examining three case studies that demonstrate a recursive relation between sectarian elites and civil society actors: on one side of this relation, sectarian elites pursue their political and socioeconomic interests at the expense of civil society organizations (CSOs); on the other side, civil society actors instrumentalize the sectarian political system and its resources to advance their own organizational or personal advantage. These mutually reinforcing dynamics enable sectarian elites to penetrate, besiege, or co-opt CSOs as well as to extend their clientelist networks to CSOs that should otherwise lead the effort to establish cross-sectarian ties and modes of political mobilization or that expressly seek to challenge the sectarian system. The article fills a gap in the literature on sectarianism in postwar Lebanon and helps explain a puzzle identified by Ashutosh Varshney in the theoretical debate on ethnic conflict, namely the reasons behind the “stickiness” of historically constructed ethnic identities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Elite Strategies, Civil Society, and Sectarian Identities in Postwar Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200603436 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of Middle East Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 45 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 731-749 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0020743813000883 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Clark, J. A., & Salloukh, B. F. (2013). Elite strategies, civil society, and sectarian identities in postwar Lebanon. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45(04), 731-749. en_US
dc.author.email bassel.salloukh@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9044724&fileId=S0020743813000883

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