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3. The Emergence of a Translocal Village
Poverty’s children, where are they now,
Torn autumn leaves?
Where is my village that was,
Those named paths
Now asphalt roads?
(’Araidi cit. in Lavie 1995: 421)
Places and Emotional Landscapes
1The village of Zrariye lies in the south of Lebanon. Part of the Saida district
(mohafazah), it is situated on a hill plateau approximately 300m above sea
level in the triangle between the southern towns of Saida (Sidon), Sour (Tyre)
2and Nabatiye , between the Mediterranean coast
Theater in Lebanon
Tarek Salloukh studied drama and theater arts at the Leb an ese
University in Beirut. As actor and director, he performed in the
theaters of the Lebanese capital for many years. He concluded his
studies with a Ph.D. at the University of Konstanz in South Germa-
ny, where he now lives.
Theater in Lebanon.
Production, Reception, and Confessionalism
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6. Beyond Translocality
Lebanon can be saved because it is mixed, hybrid, composite: its
history is the history of hybridity, mixture, tolerance. (Edward Said in
Khalaf 1993: 13)
Cosmopolitans and Translocals
Not all Zrariye migrants are translocals. For a variety of reasons, some people
sever ties with the families they leave behind. While some do so because they
lack even the minimal resources to fulfil their obligations to relatives at home,
others may abandon their connections because they experience the translocal
interested in the public sphere often focus on the macro-level,
studying political communication and searching for the realisation of a Haber-
masian, communicative ideal-type of critical debate, I approach publicness within
the frame of practice theory, based on the assumption that it is made and realised by
specific practices. I understand publicness as a dynamic and socially organised
1 I wrote my first (unpublished) paper on Lebanese blogging for a Summer School course
in 2009 on the topic
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on in Lebanon and the
Notes | 179
1 Between 1998 and 1999, I worked on the project “Gender, Locality and
Confessionalism: Changing Local Identities in Multi-Confessional
Villages in Lebanon” and in this context carried out several months of
anthropological fieldwork in the village of Joun/Mount Lebanon.
Between 2000 and 2002, I worked on the project “Translocal Actors:
Vision and Practice of Social Change in Lebanon”. Both projects were
funded by the German Research Council (DFG).
1 On the production of locality and translocality, cf., for example, Luig
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4. The Translocal Village in Practice
Where is Lagos? When are they coming home?
MEA (Middle Eastern Airlines) has the connection.
The wedding was in Jeddah. I was in Paris.
1MEA (Middle Eastern Airlines) has the connection.
The vast majority of early migrants who left South Lebanon and moved to
unknown faraway countries at the end of the nineteenth century were young
2single men. They stayed abroad for many years, in many cases never to
return. Most of the literature available on the subject has
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In loving memory of Hajjeh Zahra and Hajj Nahme
and to Djamil Paul
Anja Peleikis is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for
Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. Having worked on Lebanese
transnational migration and mixed Christian/Muslim localities in the context
of civil war and displacement, she has recently switched her regional focus