Public Education: A Route into Lebanon’s Middle Class in the 1960s and Early 1970s

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Zbib, Youssef (2014)
  • Publisher: Philipps-Universität Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
  • Journal: (issn: 2196-629X)
  • Subject: A | Education | Bureaucracy ; Lebanon ; Education ; Focus ; Middle Class ; 2014 | Social Sciences | Bureaucracy | Lebanon | H | General history of Asia; Middle East | Middle Class | General Works
    • ddc: ddc:956

In Lebanon during the 1960s, public education became more accessible to members of the lower classes and different sectarian denominations, after a time when education had been, to a large extent, a privilege of upper- and middle-class Christians. This paper examines the socioeconomic conditions of public school teachers as a result of this process. Using Bourdieusian analysis, I argue that these teachers used cultural capital acquired through free education to become part of a rising professional middle class. To a large extent, these teachers’ definition of their own social positions and roles was a result of their individual histories and internalized values.
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