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Gender and the Making of a Translocal Village

1. Lebanese blogging in context, history and comparison In this chapter I will outline the context and history of blogging in Lebanon. First, I will outline the wider media context in Lebanon and analyse internet infrastructure and use (1.1). Second, I will provide a short history of blogging since 2005. This will be enriched with some historical background on Lebanon’s political context (1.2). Following up on this, I will contextualise the Lebanese blogosphere in the ‘regional blogosphere’ (1.3) and, finally, analyse the online differentiation

213 Internationalization of Social Sciences: The Lebanese Experience in Higher Education and Research JACQUES E. KABBANJI Introduct ion The concept of internationalization of social sciences is relatively new (Smelser 1991) and has competed with other more prominent concepts, such like universalism and modernism, that played a major role in le- gitimizing the spread of new, essentially Western, scientific knowledge. Since the latter concepts are related to a particular civilization— although it is composed of many cultures—with a particular history of

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An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice

Note on transliteration The transliteration from Arabic script generally follows the guidelines of the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Well-known Lebanese names follow the most conventional spelling (for example, Jumblatt rather than Junblāṭ). The same applies to names of streets and districts in Lebanon. Names of institutions are written according to the institution’s own usage (for example, Al-Masry al- Youm). Colloquial usage in blog texts or elsewhere is rendered to convey the actual pronunciation.

426 | KULTURKRITIK OHNE ZENTRUM Abbi ldungsnachweise Abbildung 1: Said, Edward. W. Out of Place: A Memoir. New York: Knopf, 1999. o.P. 66 Abbildung 2: ¼anafÍ, ¼asan. muqaddima fÍ þilm al-isti™rÁb [Einführung in die Wissenschaft der Okzidentalistik]. 2. Aufl. 1991; Beirut, Al-Muÿassasa al-‰amiþÍya li-d-DirÁsÁt wa-n-NaÊr, 2000. Umschlaggestaltung. 248 Abbildung 3: Tamáss: Contemporary Arab Representations Beirut/Lebanon 1. Hg. Catherine David. Barcelona: Fundació Antoni Tàpies, 2002. 128. 297 Abbildungen 4 u. 5: Tamáss: Contemporary Arab

The Emergence of a Translocal Village | 45 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

Beyond Translocality | 165 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 village