The Endurance of Palestinian Political Factions: An Everyday Perspective from Nahr el-Bared Camp
Institute for Palestine Studies and University of California Press
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The Endurance of Palestinian Political Factions is an ethnographic study of Palestinian political factions in Lebanon through an immersion in daily home life. Perla Issa asks how political factions remain the center of political life in the Palestinian camps in the face of mounting criticism. Through an examination of the daily, mundane practices of refugees in Nahr el-Bared camp in particular, this book shows how intimate, interpersonal, and kin-based relations are transformed into political networks and offers a fresh analysis of how those networks are in turn metamorphosed into political structures. By providing a detailed and intimate account of this process, this book reveals how factions are produced and reproduced in everyday life despite widespread condemnation.

This book is part of The New Directions in Palestinian Studies series by University of California press. The series publishes books that put Palestinians at the center of research projects and that make an innovative contribution to decolonizing and globalizing knowledge production about the Palestinian condition.


Perla Issa is a researcher at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut, Lebanon.