Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Political and the Humanitarian in Lebanon. Social Responsiveness to Emergency Crisis from the 2006 War to the Syrian Refugee Influx

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Oriente Moderno

This paper primarily aims at enlarging qualitative knowledge on how social settings and personal relations change while turning into spaces of humanitarian aid provision. The two major emergencies that Lebanon has faced so far will be taken into analysis: the Israel-Lebanon July War in 2006 and today’s unprecedented influx of Syrian refugees. In this framework, while dealing with the sudden presence of non-state actors replacing the void historically left by the central state, this paper will illustrate how the 2006 displaced and now the Syrian refugees have locally developed moral resilience, gratitude or mistrust towards the humanitarian programmes, and cultivated expectations of mutual assistance. In the wake of what has been first applauded—and then discarded—as the “Arab Spring”, a phenomenological analysis of the social changes, engendered by the temporary presence of humanitarian actors in chronically neglected settings, can offer an inner perspective of how people socially respond to emergency crises.

Affiliations: 1: The University of Sydney –


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Alef-Act For Human Rights " Two Years On: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon " ikvPax Christi 2013 September ( accessed 7 June 2014).
2. Anderson Mary B. Do no Harm. How Aid can support Peace—or War. 1999 Boulder, Colorado, USA Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
3. Arendt Hannah On Revolution. 1994 New York (USA) Penguin Books
4. Aretxaga Begona "“Maddening States”" Annual Review of Anthropology 2003 Vol 32 393 410
5. Barnett Michael N. The Empire of Humanity. A History of Humanitarianism 2011 Ithaca and London Cornell University Press
6. Belloni Roberto Is Humanitarianism Part of the Problem? Nine Theses. 2005 April USA John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
7. Calhoun Craig Barnett M. , Weiss T.G. "“The Imperative to Reduce Suffering: Charity, Progress, and Emergencies in the Field of Humanitarian Action”" Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics 2008 Ithaca, NY (USA) Cornell University Press 73 97
8. Collier Paul , Elliott L. , Hegre H. , Hoeffler A. , Reynal-Querol M. , Sambanis N. Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy. 2003 Washington (USA) and Oxford (UK) World Bank and Oxford University Press
9. Daily Star newspaper 2014 April 10 Send Refugees back to secure Parts of Syria: Rai. ( accessed 15 June 2014).
10. Deeb Lara An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi’a Lebanon 2006 Princeton, US Princeton University Press
11. Dorai Mohammed K. , Clochard Olivier "“Non-Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. From Asylum Seekers to Illegal Migrants”" Migration and politics in the Middle East. Migration policies, nation building and international relations 2006 Beyrouth IFPO 127 143
12. Engler Yves "“The Humanitarian Invasion of Afghanistan: Occupation by ngo”" Global Research 2010 August 10 Centre for Research on Globalization. ( accessed 30 September 2014)
13. Fassin Didier Feher M. "“Humanitarianism, a Non-governmental Government”" Non-governmental Politics 2007 New York Zone Books 149 159
14. >Fawaz Mona Ben-Nefissa S. , Ab al-Fattah N. , Hanafi S. , Milani C. "“Agency and ideology in Community Services: Islamic ngos in the Southern Suburbs of Beirut”" ngos and Governance in the Arab World 2005 Cairo AUC Press 229 256
15. Feldman Allen "“Memory Theatres, Virtual Witnessing, and the Trauma-Aesthetic”" Biography 2004 Winter Vol 27 1 163 202
16. Ferguson James The Anti-Politics Machine: “Development”, Depoliticization and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho 1990 Minneapolis University of Minnesota Press
17. Freire Paulo Ramos M. " Pedagogy of the Oppressed " Bergman 2000 New York and London Continuum
18. Hein Jeremy "“Refugees, Immigrants, and the State”" Annual Review of Sociology 1993 Vol 19 43 59
19. Humphrey Michael N. The Politics of Atrocity and Reconciliation: from Terror to Trauma. 2002 London Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
20. Humphrey Michael N. Kalekin-Fishman D. , Denis A. "“Community as Social Metaphor: the Need for a Genealogy of Collectivities”" Tradition and Renewal: the Shape of Sociology for the Twenty-First Century 2012 London Sage Publications 154 170
21. Karam Karam Le Mouvement Civil au Liban. Revendications, Protestations et Moblisations Associatives dans l’après-guerre. 2006 Paris Karthala-Iremam
22. Keen David Berdal M. , Malone D.M. "“Incentives and Disincentives for Violence”" Greed and Grievance: economic Agendas in Civil Wars 2000 London Lynne Rienner Publishers, Idrc 19 41
23. Kenyon-Lischer Sarah Dangerous Sanctuaries. Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid. 2005 Ithaca and London Cornell University Press
24. Kimmerling Baruch Politicide: the Real Legacy of Ariel Sharon 2006 London Verso Books
25. Kosmatopoulos Nikolas "“Toward and Anthropology of ‘State Failure’. Lebanon’s Leviathan and Peace Expertise”" Social Analysis 2011 Winter Vol 25 3 115 142
26. Makkouk Farah el-Jam 2008 Assessment of Airborne Particulate Matter Elevation in Haret Hreik (Beirut) after the Israeli Bombardment of July 2006. maThesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut.
27. Ophir Adi Fassin D. , Pandolfi M. "“The politics of Catastrophization. Emergency and Exception”" Contemporary States of Emergency 2010 New York (USA) Zone Books 59 88
28. Potter Donald W. 2004 State Responsibility, Sovereignty, and Failed States September 29-October 1, 2004 Refereed Paper presented at the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, University of Adelaide, Australia
29. Prendergast John Frontline Diplomacy: Humanitarian Aid and Conflict in Africa 1996 Boulder CO, Lynne Rienner Publications
30. Rieff David A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. With an Afterword on Iraq. 2002 New York Simon & Schuster Publishers
31. Singer Brian C.J. , Weir Lorna "“Politics and Sovereign Power. Considerations on Foucault”" European Journal of Social Theory 2006 November Vol 9 4 443 465
32. Sultan Cathy " Tragedy in South Lebanon: the Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 " 2008 April Minneapolis MN, Scarletta Press
33. Tueni Ghassan Une Guerre pour les Autres 1985 Paris J.C. Lattès
34. Valbjørn Morten , Bank André "“The New Arab Cold War: rediscovering the New Arab Dimension of Middle East Regional Politics”" Review of International Studies 2012 Vol 38 1 3 24
35. Weber Max Gerth Hans H. , Mills Charles Wright "“Politics as a Vocation”" From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology 1946 Oxford (UK) Oxford University Press
36. Weizman Eyal The Least of all Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza. 2011 New York Verso
37. Zakharia Leila , Knox Sonja The International Aid Community and Local Actors: Experiences and Testimonies from the Ground 2014 Published by the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Daleel Madani-Lebanon Support (Also available online at accessed 16 June 2014).

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Oriente Moderno — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation