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Migrant infrastructures in Beirut -

Show simple item record Ziadee, Micheline Kamil, 2017-12-11T16:29:19Z 2017-12-11T16:29:19Z 2017 2017
dc.identifier.other b20615425
dc.description Thesis. M.A. American University of Beirut. Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, 2017. T:6695
dc.description Advisor : Dr. Sylvain Perdigon, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies ; Members of Committee : Dr. Mona Harb, Associate Dean and Professor, Architecture and Design ; Dr. Omar Dewachi, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 120-126)
dc.description.abstract Migrant workers in Lebanon are subject to a sponsorship (Kafala) system that ties their work and everyday living conditions to a local sponsor. As a result, their social and physical mobility are severely limited. However, one can see in Beirut places where migrants clearly defy and overcome these restrictions. One such place is Dora, a bustling multi-ethnic neighborhood where migrants find places to live, work, and socialize. My research explores the alternative infrastructures that Beirut’s migrant workers (re)produce and sustain in the course of their everyday lives. It looks into the different ways of inhabiting the city that such infrastructures enable. My aim is to examine the lifeworlds of migrant workers in Beirut focusing on the infrastructures that support them, meaning the infrastructures that allow these worlds to materialize and endure. The notion of infrastructure is employed here in ways that depart from the traditional definitions of the term; it includes both the material and non-material surrounding. Using participant observation and ethnographic interviews, I investigate how different elements, including bodies, things, and signs of various kinds, function as infrastructures for migrant workers in Beirut and how such alternative infrastructures give migrants access to the city and in the process, take part in shaping the social and material landscape of this city.
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 126 leaves) : color illustrations
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Theses, Dissertations, and Projects
dc.subject.classification T:006695
dc.subject.lcsh Foreign workers -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Dora.
dc.subject.lcsh Infrastructure (Economics) -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- Dora.
dc.subject.lcsh Foreign workers -- Lebanon -- Social conditions.
dc.subject.lcsh Public spaces -- Lebanon -- Beirut.
dc.title Migrant infrastructures in Beirut -
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
dc.contributor.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies,
dc.subject.classificationsource AUBNO
dc.contributor.institution American University of Beirut.

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