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Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean

Activism, Change and Sectarianism in the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon

Authors: Helou, Joseph P.

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  • Deals with the 28-year trajectory of the Free Patriotic Movement
  • Explores the role of sectarianism and secularism in the FPM
  • Sheds light on the role of political activists whose backgrounds are predominantly middle-class Christian
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This book explores the thirty-year trajectory of the Free Patriotic Movement that aimed to achieve the freedom, sovereignty and independence of Lebanon from the Lebanese political elite and Syrian hegemony. It sheds light on the movement’s activism, changes and sectarianism throughout the stages of movement emergence, persistence and party transformation. The author shows how the movement built on opportunities that culminated in its rise, both in civil society and nationally, despite a number of challenges. The book also reveals the formation of intricate units and communication channels to mobilize activism and increase commitment to the movement’s cause. While discussing the significance of Michel Aoun and Gebran Bassil to the future of the FPM, the author asserts that various party dimensions and practices are conditioned by regional and international politics.

About the authors

​Joseph P. Helou is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. His research interests include movements, political parties, international terrorism, post-war reconstruction, state capabilities and areas of limited statehood. He analytically treats topics of enquiry in a holistic approach uncovering the interplay between national, regional and international politics.

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“A riveting account of the origins and transformation of the Free Patriotic Movement from a broad, anti-sectarian grass-roots organization to a narrow, confessional political party. Gathered from interviews with the FPM's original cadres, Helou's electric account makes important contributions to the theoretical literature on identity politics in deeply divided places.” (Bassel F. Salloukh, Associate Professor of Political Science, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon)

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25704-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25703-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Activism, Change and Sectarianism in the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon
Authors
Series Title
Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25704-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25704-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25703-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 202
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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