Addressing one of the most pressing issues of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) that is still unresolved almost thirty years later, this book adopts a political, sociological and anthropological approach to look at periods of transition from conflict to peace in Lebanon.
Inducing a set of questions about the social and political system, the post-conflict state has been pushing for a politics of amnesty and amnesia. The case study delves into the notion of transition from conflict to peace by looking in the case of the estimated 17000 people who disappeared during the Civil War. Using the concept of liminality to understand the evolution of the issue over the years, the book follows the trajectory of the relatives of the missing, who have formed a communitas – a group sharing strong feelings of comradeship and brother/sisterhood by virtue of finding themselves in the same situation.
Offering a novel way of looking at transitions, the book is a significant contribution to Peace studies, and it will be an interest of students and academics working in Human Rights, Political Science and the Middle East disciplines.
1. Taif: between a peace agreement and a political project
2. Relatives of the disappeared, a communitas in liminality
3. The relationship between the state/regime and the communitas
4. The local external environment and the communitas
5. The communitas and the global discourse of human rights and transitional justice
6. The slide from global to local: mechanisms of liminality and unintended outcomes
Conclusion - Looking beyond the transitory state: Lebanon three decades into the post-conflict
This new series seeks to examine the various developments and changes in contemporary Middle East society. From a variety of disciplinary approaches it includes books on issues such as globalization, the impact of economic, religious and political change on people’s lives, the family and gender relations in the region.