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The Diasporic Condition

Ethnographic Explorations of the Lebanese in the World

Ghassan Hage



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University of Chicago Press
10 December 2021
Bridging the gap between migration studies and the anthropological tradition, Ghassan Hage illustrates that transnationality and its attendant cultural consequences are not necessarily at odds with classic theory.

In The Diasporic Condition, Ghassan Hage engages with the diasporic Lebanese community as a shared lifeworld, defining a common cultural milieu that transcends spatial and temporal distance-a collective mode of being here termed the diasporic condition. Encompassing a complicated transnational terrain, Hage's long-term ethnography takes us from Mehj and Jalleh in Lebanon to Europe, Australia, South America, and North America, analyzing how Lebanese migrants and their families have established themselves in their new homes while remaining socially, economically, and politically related to Lebanon and to each other.

At the heart of The Diasporic Condition lies a critical anthropological question: How does the study of a particular sociocultural phenomenon expand our knowledge of modes of existing in the world? As Hage establishes what he terms the lenticular condition, he breaks down the boundaries between us and them, here and there, showing that this convergent mode of existence increasingly defines everyone's everyday life.
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
ISBN:   9780226547060
ISBN 10:   022654706X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Ghassan Hage is professor of anthropology and social theory at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He is the author of several books, including White Nation, Against Paranoid Nationalism, After-Politics, and Is Racism an Environmental Threat?

Reviews for The Diasporic Condition: Ethnographic Explorations of the Lebanese in the World

With his typical creative brilliance, Hage probes the diverse and divergent angles through which Lebanon appears in migratory memories and movement, and, in the process, upends our understanding of the politics of ancestry and inheritance in diasporic worlds. * Elizabeth A. Povinelli, author of The Inheritance * With this book, Hage carefully journeys us through the complex experiences of the Lebanese diasporic condition. Living in an internationalized space of viability, the Lebanese are shown to occupy a multiplicity of entangled and flickering realities-always engaged and always aware that, in the end, they are stuck with each other. The journey is exquisite, painful, exhilarating, saddening, inspiring, and deeply human. The Diasporic Condition is a must-read for both the Lebanese and the non-Lebanese. * Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis *

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