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The Souk-The Story of South Lebanon: Marketplace, People, and Institutions


The Souk-The Story of South Lebanon: Marketplace, People, and Institutions

Taher, Rana (2018) The Souk-The Story of South Lebanon: Marketplace, People, and Institutions. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of the study is to understand the dynamic and relationship between market and society in South Lebanon by focusing on how rural weekly markets in South Lebanon are embedded within social, political, and economic relations. The study presents an ethnographic journey through the weekly markets in South Lebanon. It looks at two case examples of weekly markets: Monday Market in Nabatieh (Souk Tanein in Nabatieh) and Thursday Market in Bint Jbeil (Souk Khameis in Bint Jbeil), as well as draws on examples of other weekly markets in South Lebanon. The findings demonstrate that rural weekly markets in South Lebanon are not autonomous, but subordinate to social, political, and economic relations that have played a significant role in their existence and persistence over time. History, geography, social relations, political leadership, policy, and power play a critical role in their formation, growth, and sustainability. Their sustained existence over time is further driven by social and cultural factors such as norms, values, and practices found within the marketplace; this perception is found among sociologists and political economists, and is shared by local municipal leaders, vendors, and people who see these markets as economically inconsequential, but socially and culturally significant. Continuous existence of these weekly markets cannot be explained using classical economic theory, nor can they be analyzed using a single sociopolitical theory on markets. Instead, the historical, geographical, social, political, and cultural factors interact in a critical manner in their evolution and sustained existence over time.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > School of Community and Public Affairs
Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia University > Research Units > Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy
Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Taher, Rana
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Special Individualized Program
Date:12 July 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Satoshi, Ikeda and Mendell, Marguerite and Linds, Warren
Keywords:Souk, market, marketplace, weekly markets, periodic market, embedded, South Lebanon, Souk Nabatieh, Souk Bint Jbeil.
ID Code:984912
Deposited By: RANA TAHER
Deposited On:11 Jun 2019 14:05
Last Modified:11 Jun 2019 14:05


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