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Author Monroe, Kristin V., author.

Title The insecure city : space, power, and mobility in Beirut / Kristin V. Monroe.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: exploring mobility in Beirut -- The privatized city -- The space of war -- Politics and public space -- Securing Beirut -- The "chaos" of driving -- "There is no state."
Summary Urban anthropologist Kristin Monroe takes urban anthropology in a new and meaningful direction--the story of traffic in the Middle East, focusing on Beirut. As bombs reappeared recently following an impasse between competing political groups and their international backers, residents of the city were forced to contend with many forms of insecurity, forging their lives amid a contentious, often violent, political and economic landscape. Images and headlines in the news media tracked the dramatic events that characterized this unstable situation, but they did not provide a picture of what ordinary life was like for urban dwellers in a city terrorized by political sectarianism and the treat of bombs. The Insecure City is an ethnographic exploration of the experiences of moving through Beirut. Driving is characterized by precariousness, the anticipation of violence, and the constant presence of class, political, and state power. Focusing on the relationship between urban space and social class, Monroe examines how understandings and practices of spatial mobility in the city reflect social differences. Residents' access to and experiences of space are framed by uneven and insecure forms of urban citizenship. She highlights the ways in which transportation is about more than merely getting somewhere; it is also about how people encounter civic culture in a city on the edge, wounded by war. Traffic may seem to be an incidental topic for an anthropologist, but as we know in New Jersey it is central to our lives.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 17, 2016).
Language English.
Subject Sociology, Urban -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
City traffic -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Violence -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Urban anthropology -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
Beirut (Lebanon) -- Social conditions.
Communities -- Urban Groups.
Sociology & Social History.
Social sciences.
SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Urban.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
City traffic. (OCoLC)fst00862297
Public spaces. (OCoLC)fst01083049
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Sociology, Urban. (OCoLC)fst01123961
Urban anthropology. (OCoLC)fst01162365
Violence. (OCoLC)fst01167224
Lebanon -- Beirut. (OCoLC)fst01225260
Communities -- Urban Groups.
Sociology & Social History.
Social Sciences.
Indexed Term Lebanon
City traffic
Public spaces
Social conditions
Urban anthropology
Urban Studies
ISBN 9780813574653 (electronic bk.)
081357465X (electronic bk.)
9780813574646 (e-book (epub))
0813574641 (e-book (epub))
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