Border Lives: An Ethnography of a Lebanese Town in Changing Times

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Border Lives offers an in-depth account of how people in Arsal, a northeastern town on the border of Lebanon with Syria, experienced postwar sociality, and how they grappled with living in the margins of the Lebanese state in the period following the 1975-1990 war.

In a rich ethnography of ‘changing times,’ Michelle Obeid shows how restrictions in cross-border mobility, transformations in physical and social spaces, burgeoning new industries and shifting political alliances produced divergent ideologies about domesticity and the family, morality and personhood.

Attending to metaphors of modernity in a rural border context, Border Lives broadens the sites in which modernity and social change can be investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
Number of pages182
ISBN (Electronic)9789004394346
ISBN (Print)9789004394339
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameWomen and Gender: The Middle East and the Islamic World
ISSN (Print)1570-7628


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