Creating a Common Space in a Sectarian Landscape: Social Work andCohesive Action in Post-War Lebanon
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Through the course of this thesis I will portray and debate the make up, projects and members of a small organisation acting within a large context. Aiming to give a thorough presentation of Mouvement Social, and to illuminate the organisation against the larger frame of Lebanese society, I have divided the thesis into three main parts. In chapter two, which is 1 See appendix three for an overview of the confessional composition of the Lebanese population. 11 the first part, I will give an introduction to Lebanon. In this account I will particularly be focusing upon the country’s history of sectarian conflicts, but also consensus, as well as the social, political and economical conditions of post-war Lebanon. In the second part, which includes chapter three, four and five, I will introduce my empirical elaboration on Mouvement Social. In the third part I intend to present two main discussions. In chapter six I debate how MSL dealt with sectarianism, while in chapter seven I address the organisation as an actor within the state and civil society of Lebanon.