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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:55746
Doc. No:TL25700
Call number:‭U593289‬
Main Entry:Nasser Yassin
Title & Author:The urban dimension of civil conflict and violence: A study on the relationship between the city, conflict and violence in BeirutNasser Yassin
College:University of London, University College London (United Kingdom)
Date:2007
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2007
Page No:330
Abstract:This thesis aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between the city and civil conflict and violence. The thesis is building on the explanation that urbanisation and cities are at the heart of societal transformation as complex forms of social life and not as previously reduced to a partial phenomenon, an accidental aspect or to a backdrop of societal changes. Conversely societal change not only occurs on the city-space but becomes an integral part of the makeup of the city. In relation to the subject of conflict and violence, the thesis argues that cities generate conditions that catalyse and alter related social, economic, political and cultural processes that intensify these phenomena. The city becomes more than just *a site where powerful external forces intersect, intensifying differences and conflicts among local groups' (Susser and Schneider, 2003:1). It acts like a prism that changes the trajectory of processes that happen initially outside its 'gates' and stirs and intensifies them generating the conditions for accelerated conflict. Reciprocally, the thesis argues that cities are shaped by the very processes that occur and intersect through them. The city, as a dynamic entity, is influenced by these processes and changes accordingly. Through studying the case of Beirut, the thesis will explain how the city and the urban condition shape social, political and spatial dynamics producing accelerated conflict and violence and how the city in turn was shaped by these dynamics in four particulars: Firstly, urban differentials in the settlement pattern of sectarian groups or communities in the city and their outcome in terms of the relationship between the old and new urbanites. Secondly, the dynamics of inter-communal social relations in the city and the role of the urban condition in shaping social interactions between communities. Thirdly, the influence of the urban condition on shaping the political process and politicisation of communities. Fourthly, the outcomes of conflict and violence on re-shaping the city and its milieus.
Subject:(UMI)AAIU593289; Social sciences; Beirut; Civil conflicts; Lebanon; Urbanization; Middle Eastern Studies; Political science; 0615:Political science; 0555:Middle Eastern Studies
Added Entry:University of London, University College London (United Kingdom)