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Title: The production of difference : sociality, work and mobility in a community of Syrian Dom between Lebanon and Syria
Author: Bochi, Giovanni.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3468 7312
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation examines the persistence of a community of Syrian Dom within the political and economic context of the border between Lebanon and Syria. Based on 20 months of fieldwork in both countries, my work explores how the conditions of a border area contributed to shaping the social and economic exchanges of the Dom moving between Syria and the Lebanese Biqa` Valley, focusing especially on Dom males who worked as self-employed dentists. I argue that processes of ethnic belonging should be related to a wider set of factors, including the role of the state in affecting the articulation between ethnicity and other idioms of social distinction. The thesis shows that non-Dom perceptions of the Dom constituted the underpinning structure of exchange between Dom and non-Dom. This structure was transformed by events occurring at the national level. After the murder of Rafiq al-Hariri in February 2005 the moral stereotyping which represented the Dom as "Nawar", and therefore as people of lower social status, gave way to an increasing perception of the Dom according to their Syrian belonging. As a result of local and regional power relations, national labels became more salient than other categories of identification. Within this changing context, the dissertation documents how the Dom themselves were able to reconfigure their exchanges with non-Dom within the border area. Thus, relation with non-Dom were largely seen in utilitarian terms, whereas those internal to the group were given a moral value. Moreover, self-employed Dom dentists exploited the border to make a living as well as to reproduce their social world with their families and their kin in Lebanon. In this sense, the thesis posits that the Syrian Dom exhibited a particular kind of transborder migration, which set them apart from other Syrian workers in Lebanon.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.441976  DOI: Not available
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