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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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The Eyes of Odars

The Eyes of Odars

City-to-City Collaborations and Transnational Reach

(p.108) Chapter 5 The Eyes of Odars
Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon

Joanne Randa Nucho

Princeton University Press

This chapter jumps beyond the neighborhood scale to a city-to-city collaboration between Bourj Hammoud and a foreign municipality as a means of challenging Lebanese state infrastructure projects. It analyzes the ways in which the overlapping jurisdictions of power go far beyond the fragmented infrastructures of the neighborhood block to transnational circulations of expertise and resources. In doing so, it demonstrates how the popular notion that Lebanon's infrastructural and conflict-oriented problems could be solved through a strong centralized state or through the ideology of decentralization completely ignores the way that municipal governance works through overlapping jurisdictions. While Lebanese centralized state-sponsored infrastructure projects have had a destructive impact on environmental and social conditions in Bourj Hammoud, municipality-endorsed initiatives have often been equally destructive.

Keywords:   Bourj Hammoud, foreign municipality, state infrastructure projects, Lebanon, sectarianism

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