From Nationalist to Economic Subject: Emergent Economic Networks among Shatila's Women

This article revisits Rosemary Sayigh’s theory of “culture as resistance” and considers how primordial attachments of kin and village, and by extension nation, in Shatila camp are being reconfigured by deepening poverty and provisionality. Shifting analytical attention away from the discursive continuities of nationalism toward the contingencies of everyday material practice in its local environment, the article examines how dynamically evolving networks of solidarity are reconstituting traditional structures of kinship and political belonging, broadly conceived, and producing new forms of agency and economic subjectivity for camp women.


DIANA ALLAN has a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University. She is currently a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows