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The Public/Private - The Imagined Boundary in the Imagined Nation/State/Community: The Lebanese case

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The nation/state as an imaginative enterprise encompasses multiple imagined subnational boundaries. The 'public/private', I suggest, is a 'purposeful fiction' constitutive of the will to statehood. As such, its configurations are impacted upon by the institutions and forces competing with and within state-building enterprises. Proposing the terms government, non-government and domestic as analytical tools to demarcate discursive and material domains, I argue that, in Lebanon, the fluidity of boundaries among these spheres is constitutive of patriarchal connectivity, a form of patriarchal kinship linked to the state-building enterprise.


Document Type: Original Article

Publication date: November 1, 1998

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