Bourdieu in Beirut

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dc.contributor.author Tabar, Paul
dc.contributor.author Egan, Martyn
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-06T09:43:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-06T09:43:30Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-12-06
dc.identifier.issn 1943-6149 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4882
dc.description.abstract This article uses Pierre Bourdieu’s theory to analyze the relation between the Lebanese state and the reproduction of unequal power relations, in particular through the phenomenon of wasta (an Arabic word referring to the use of connections to obtain scarce goods or services). We attempt to demonstrate how social reproduction in Lebanon has come to rely on the clandestine exchange of certain symbolic and material resources, exemplified in practice by the ways in which different social agents make use of wasta. We further attempt to show how such exchange, rather than any negation of the state, in fact is connected intimately to effects produced by the state in the organization of these resources. We achieve this by analyzing the particular configuration of resources and reproduction mechanisms produced by the Lebanese state and demonstrating how these objective structures lead to determinate effects in the habitus of agents. These effects are expressed through variance in agents’ (social) reproduction strategies, which can be demonstrated most vividly by comparing the habitus of agents firmly embedded within the Lebanese social space to the ‘destabilized’ (or ‘tormented’) habitus of agents less adjusted to it. In this way, we show how Bourdieu’s analysis can reveal the means by which even supposedly ‘weak’ states such as Lebanon nonetheless may produce strong social effects. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Bourdieu in Beirut en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle wasta, the state and social reproduction in Lebanon en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199329060 en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Middle East Critique en_US
dc.journal.volume 25 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 249-270 en_US
dc.keywords Bourdieu en_US
dc.keywords Habitus en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords State en_US
dc.keywords Wasta en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19436149.2016.1168662 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Egan, M., & Tabar, P. (2016). Bourdieu in Beirut: Wasta, the State and Social Reproduction in Lebanon. Middle East Critique, 1-22. en_US
dc.author.email ptabar@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19436149.2016.1168662 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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