A Confined Youth? Lived Space and Shifting Boundaries in Beirut

  • Bruno Lefort Université de Montréal


This article questions spatial experiences among students in Beirut. It mobilizes collaborative map interviews to explore the ways young people experiment with space and the social boundaries it incorporates. I argue that their perception of their lived space underlines a crucial shift: whereas their parents experimented the city in terms of sectarian and political divisions, my interlocutors have integrated these boundaries not as ideological but as the result of daily practices of segregation born during the Lebanese wars (1975-1990). This evolution reveals renewed understandings of the Lebanese complex landscape and contributes to delineate youth as a social shifter.

Author Biography

Bruno Lefort, Université de Montréal

is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal (Canada) and an Associate Researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Beirut (Lebanon). His current research interests include the dynamics of politicization, memory and space among Lebanese youth.

email: bruno.lefort@umontreal.ca

How to Cite
Lefort, B. “A Confined Youth? Lived Space and Shifting Boundaries in Beirut”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 9, Dec. 2017, pp. 96-106, doi:10.17192/meta.2017.9.6836.