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Wartime Narratives of Hezbollah Militants in the Syrian Conflict

  • Erminia Chiara Calabrese
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Part of the Perspectives on Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region book series (PDMENA)

Abstract

The aim in this chapter is to interpret the trans-border armed involvement of Lebanese Hezbollah in Syria by shifting the observation to ordinary Hezbollah activists. The focus here is on the narratives produced by these activists concerning their experience of war, whether that experience is direct—of the ’s fighters—or indirect as in the case of the majority of Hezbollah members who are not involved in the fighting. This approach will shed light on how they describe this experience and on the meaning they attach to the battle. The account is based on ethnographic fieldwork (interviews, conversations, and direct and participant observation) conducted between 2011 and 2017 with Hezbollah activists in the Southern suburbs of Beirut, where the party’s territorial and militant base is very solid.

Keywords

Hezbollah Syrian war Armed intervention Party members Narratives 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erminia Chiara Calabrese
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.EHESS/CESORParisFrance
  2. 2.CAMESAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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