Introduction

LITTLE has been written about the transformation of Arab society, its postcolonial history, and the constitution of its modern nationhood from the perspective of workingwomen. My study delineates the history of workingwomen in Lebanon’s tobacco industry. This history is woven with strong and resilie...

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Published in: Militant Women of a Fragile Nation p. xv
Main Author: MALEK ABISAAB
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Syracuse University Press 02-26-2010
Subjects:
Men
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Summary: LITTLE has been written about the transformation of Arab society, its postcolonial history, and the constitution of its modern nationhood from the perspective of workingwomen. My study delineates the history of workingwomen in Lebanon’s tobacco industry. This history is woven with strong and resilient threads of labor militancy, resistance to French colonial rule (1918–46), and opposition to the Lebanese state as a modern tribal-ethnic hegemony tied to an orbit of capitalist relations and ideas.¹ The economic system that emerged in Lebanon during the French colonial period aimed to enhance capital in the arena of commerce and entrepreneurial service rather