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IDEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAGMENTATION OF BROADCASTING IN THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR : A CASE STUDY OF THE ILLEGAL RADIO STATIONS

Salem  A. MAARABOUNI

 

Univ.

Keele

Spec.

Sociology

Deg.

Year

#Pages

Ph.D.

1991

446

 

This work is a comprehensive study of the Lebanese illegal radio stations which have come to be regarded as a thermometer reflecting the war's complexities and accentuating the divisions in Lebanon's already fragmented society, as is demonstrated by my field research. This thesis is based on the assumption that neither the warring factions nor the illegal radio stations can be studied in isolation; they are inextricably interrelated.

One of the central themes of this thesis is the examination of the extent to which the Lebanese rival parties have translated their diversity into the fragmentation of institutions and areas, seizing the opportunity of the civil war in order to reinforce their de facto mini states. This was mainly done through the production of a unique and peculiar broadcasting order, which reflects the socio‑political and sectarian divisions in Lebanon.

In my view, the fragmentation of broadcasting is not the outcome of the sectarian divisions during the war alone, but rather of a long and bitter struggle between the rival ideological perspectives, fighting for their own different interpretations of national Identity and loyalty. However, one of Lebanon's biggest challenges when the current civil war ends, will be to find a broadcasting system which can both reunite Lebanese society, whilst reflecting its diversity.

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Rafik Hariri philanthropic and developmental contributions are countless. The most remarkable being the multifaceted support to educate more than 36,000 Lebanese university students within Lebanon, and beyond.

Rafik Hariri philanthropic and developmental contributions are countless. The most remarkable being the multifaceted support to educate more than 36,000 Lebanese university students within Lebanon, and beyond.

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