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Beyrouth, états de fêtes. Géographie des loisirs nocturnes dans une ville post-conflit

Abstract : This PhD thesis deals with Beirut’s nightscape and nightlife. These are narrowly defined as the spaces occupied by bars, pubs, and nightclubs as well as a range of practices and sociabilities ascribed to them. They bring together a range of stakeholders concerned by the production and the regulation of nightlife. In this research, I adopt a decentered point of view and subscribe to the recent developments that include the night into geographical enquiries. I focus on an analysis of the recreational uses of Beirut’s nightscape through the lens of the post-conflict situation in Lebanon, and their moral, social and political dimensions. This framework addresses issues linked to the night in the light of the post-conflict situation, which allows me to define a situation in which dynamics inherited from different war times are still present, merging with new practices and processes. This two-way relationship between nightlife and the post-conflict city means that the post-conflict situation shapes the supply, behaviors and representations. In return, Beirut’s nightscape is a scene where legacies, uncertainties, and possibilities can be expressed and read. This study is based on qualitative research combining field observations and interviews. Beirut’s nightlife is analyzed through three, layered, understandings of the notion of space. First, the urban space made up of nightlife venues; second, the social space of relationships between stakeholders; and third, the political space of claims and transgressions. These three levels are considered through the key concepts of field, world, and ethos in both social and spatial terms.
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Marie Bonte. Beyrouth, états de fêtes. Géographie des loisirs nocturnes dans une ville post-conflit. Géographie. Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes, 2017. Français. ⟨tel-01697151v2⟩



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