Le Sens de la Relation (3 vol.)

Abstract : The work I submit as my HDR is about an anthropology of relation, relationships and relatedness. The original monography that I present as the major piece of this work deals with the Druzes in the Lebanese Mountain among which I have conducted log-term ethnography from 1999 to 2009. Patron-clients relationships are the main theoretical object of the book. It is a classic theme of Mediterranean anthropology that I largely reappraise from a detailed account of intimate day-to-day ways to relate to the leader / others / objects representing others (etc.). I draw my observation from the palace of Walid bek Joumblatt in Mukhtara where he held audiences, followers and people from the Chouf and above. I show that patron-clients relationships are manifolds: one doesn’t rely in the same manners be he the head of the household, a young student, a woman, an ex-militiaman, etc. I explore the richness of these relationships and the complexity of relatedness along different perspective, each offering a particular point of view about the Joumblatts and their people, self-branded “Sons of the Mountain”. The work also explores the construction of these “sons of the Mountain” and what it means. It offers an insight into the relation between local political entity (with deep rooted history and a fierce sense of space) and the recent not so legitimate State of Lebanon. I aim at an original political anthropology of Lebanon. The synthesis entitled “About relation” offer an encompassing appraisal of 20 year of researching the Druzes in Middle East. I show the major difference between my fieldwork in Israel (and the book issued from it Les Maîtres du secret) and the fieldwork in Lebanon.
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Isabelle Rivoal. Le Sens de la Relation (3 vol.). Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, 2016. ⟨tel-01419139⟩

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