Continental Encampment - book cover (Berghahn 2023)

This chapter analyzes the urban architectures of containment in Sabra, one of Beirut’s largest informal areas hosting generations of refugees. The micro-analysis of select tenement buildings in Sabra shows that resident refugees are caught in a roundabout movement within the confines of urban poverty zones. Accounts from tenants and landlords demonstrate that humanitarian aid sustains urban informality, with migrants and urban poor serving as captive tenants. Tenants move, resettle, and traverse urban poverty zones, yet do not leave them and instead experience a city-based containment, one of the constituent elements of the regional encampment in the Middle East.



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