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Everyday Sectarianism in Urban LebanonInfrastructures, Public Services, and Power$
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Joanne Randa Nucho

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691168968

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691168968.001.0001

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Building the Networks

Building the Networks

NGOs, Gender, and “Community”

(p.73) Chapter 3 Building the Networks
Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon

Joanne Randa Nucho

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the role of notions of gender propriety in differentiating access to Armenians women's organizations in Bourj Hammoud. It focuses on the work of two distinct types of institutions—a transnational Armenian NGO and the various women's organizations affiliated with the Armenian Dashnag Party. A closer look at these organizations show how gender, particularly the performance of normative notions of gender roles and gendered propriety, enables or disables access to the networks that produce the Armenian community in various forms. Access to these channels of services and their attendant resources differs based on women's abilities to mobilize gender, kinship, and family relations, particular kinds of class positions and professional training, linguistic skills, and even spatial, neighborhood connections. Gender propriety and class positioning allow women to connect social infrastructures, to network into other networks glossed as Armenian middle class or Dashnag Party base.

Keywords:   gendered propriety, Armenian women, women's organizations, Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon, sectarianism, Armenian community, Dashnag Party

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