Unpacking the Dynamics of Communal Tensions: a Focus Group Analysis of Perceptions Among Youth in Lebanon

Unpacking the Dynamics of Communal Tensions: a Focus Group Analysis of Perceptions Among Youth in Lebanon

by
Heinrich Boell Foundation & ESCWA
Heinrich Boell Foundation & ESCWA
Place of Publication: New York
Date of Publication: 2009
Number of Pages: 29
Language of Publication: English
License: All rights reserved.

'Unpacking the Dynamics of Communal Tensions: A Focus Group Analysis of Perceptions among Youth in Lebanon' is a pilot study on a prevailing trend in Western Asia, namely communal tensions. The study aims to dismantle the dynamics of communal tensions through a focus group analysis that targets the largest segment of the Arab population: youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Lebanon is used as a case study to steer the debate and increase the understanding of the factors fermenting communal tensions that are the root causes of conflict.

The study assesses the perceptions of youth concerning the theme of intercommunal relations, intercommunal special dynamics and the nature of the political system.

The study reveals the alarming trend of social and territorial enclaves among youth and the distrust and resentment powered by intercommunal stereotyping. The study concludes with a number of recommendations that have been construed to mitigate the ever-growing scourge of communal tensions. They revolve around curtailing the incessant regeneration of the exclusive and politicized communal identity; de-compartmentalizing intercommunal social relations; addressing the challenges of exclusionary spaces of social relations, and other vital themes that serve to promote social cohesiveness, and peaceful co-existence. Recommendations for future research have also been made.

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