Current Institutional Affiliation
Professor, International Relations, California State University / San Francisco State University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1997
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Sociology, Harvard University
Missing the Nation: Lebanon’s Post-War Generation in the Midst of Reconstruction

I want to investigate how the Lebanese who were born after 1975 make sense out of their country's civil war, and how the war affected how they think of themselves, their future, and their national identity. By conducting interviews, recording conversations, and collecting written narratives, I want to find key metaphors and narrative strategies which help the war generation define who they are. I am interested in students' relations with their peers, their parents and teachers. By focusing on interactions on the local level, I hope to contribute a cultural perspective to the literature on the Lebanese war in the fields of political science and history. Instead of developing another model to describe or explain the nation, I hope to present models of daily interpersonal relations in which personal, as well as cultural and political identities are constituted. Moreover, I hope to compare my material with studies done in other post-war societies to further the understanding of the dynamics within a war generation.