„To morze jest moje”. Dziedzictwo miejskie w Bejrucie
’This sea is mine’: urban heritage in Beirut
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Over the past 20 years, Beirut has become a laboratory for post-war reconstruction. Certain parts of the city give the impression of an eternal construction site of a large-scale urban renewal experiment. The socio-spatial transformations attracted mixed reactions, and subsequently many concerns were voiced by residents, activists, and urban planners; some of them even argued that heritage had fallen victim to real estate development. This criticism, however, can also be viewed in terms of an aspiration for a better future, especially given that the idea of heritage has recently begun to gradually shift from a matter of "family legacy" to its understanding as a more collective phenomenon. This paper seeks to examine discourses and practices of urban heritage in post-war Beirut. More specifically, it explores how heritage discourses and practices are enacted by local actors, in particular the fishermen of al-Daliyeh and the Dictaphone Group. Drawing on Sharon Macdonald's notion of "past presencing", I focus on urban and socio-spatial dimensions of heritage-making in the Lebanese capital.
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