The Resource Clandestine circulation : social reproduction in the shadow of the state, Martyn, Egan

Clandestine circulation : social reproduction in the shadow of the state, Martyn, Egan

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Clandestine circulation : social reproduction in the shadow of the state
Title
Clandestine circulation
Title remainder
social reproduction in the shadow of the state
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Martyn, Egan
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Language
eng
Summary
How should social science conceptualise the informal exchange of illicit favours in the context of the modern state? And what relation does such exchange have to the reproduction of the social structure? This thesis presents a new framework for the analysis of such phenomena based upon the theoretical methodology of Pierre Bourdieu. Using Bourdieu's conceptual tools of habitus, field and capital, the kinds of informal exchange typically analysed through the paradigms of clientelism, corruption, or "informal institution" are reconstructed as a new research object - the clandestine circulation of capital - and related to the broader "economy of practices" necessary to reproduce the social structure. In a considered development of Bourdieu's initial use of the term (which related to the clandestine circulation of cultural capital), the thesis demonstrates how the clandestine circulation of other forms and guises of capital can also subvert the normative intentions of merit and equality implicit in the formal institutions of the modern state. The thesis reconciles and expands upon various of Bourdieu's theoretical writings to develop a theory identifying both the objective resources of such circulation and the principles structuring it as a social practice. This new theory is then applied in detail to the field site of urban Beirut (the capital of Lebanon), and specifically in relation to the phenomenon of wasta (an Arabic word used to refer to all kinds of social influence). Through a detailed empirical study of the field site, the thesis attempts to demonstrate how clandestine circulation operates as a mechanism for the transformation and accumulation of capitals, and hence comes to play a determinant role in the reproduction of the social order, in a manner intimately connected to the specific nature of the Lebanese state
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Egan, Martyn
Date time place
Defence date: 9 December 2014
Dewey number
301.01
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2014.
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no index present
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non fiction
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theses
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
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  • Bourdieu, Pierre
  • Political corruption
  • Lebanon
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Clandestine circulation : social reproduction in the shadow of the state, Martyn, Egan
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Examining Board: Professor Olivier Roy, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Donatella della Porta, European University Institute; Professor Johannes Hjellbrekke, University of Bergen; Doctor Reinoud Leenders, King's College London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-336)
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17624204
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xxii, 336 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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n
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illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088489684
Label
Clandestine circulation : social reproduction in the shadow of the state, Martyn, Egan
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Olivier Roy, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Donatella della Porta, European University Institute; Professor Johannes Hjellbrekke, University of Bergen; Doctor Reinoud Leenders, King's College London
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-336)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17624204
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xxii, 336 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088489684

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