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Dr Michelle Obeid - research

Research interests

My doctoral research focused on social change in a Sunni Muslim Lebanese town at the Lebanese/Syrian border and examined how sociality is changing in response to significant transformations in livelihoods and political instability at the border due to historical tensions between the Lebanese and Syrian states. It explored emerging conceptions of modernity and traced shifts in the meaning of kinship and its role in organizing social, economic and political relationships. As a result of this work, I published a number of book chapters and journal articles and am currently working on a monograph entitled Border Lives: Social Change and Modernity in a Lebanese Town.

Since this project, I developed an interest in processes of emplacement and the agencies involved in creating new lives and homes in new settings. I worked with Arab migrants in London with an interest in exploring the economic projects that immigrants undertake in the process of building new lives and the mundane experiences of dealing with new bureaucratic regimes.