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Making urban humanitarian policy: the “neighborhood approach” in Lebanon

Sanyal, Romola ORCID: 0000-0001-5942-5634 (2021) Making urban humanitarian policy: the “neighborhood approach” in Lebanon. Urban Geography, 42 (7). pp. 937-957. ISSN 0272-3638

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02723638.2020.1849983


Displaced people are increasingly living in urban areas and humanitarian organisations are rethinking their policies and practices. The ‘Neighbourhood Approach’-an area-based policy model has become globally popular amongst humanitarians. In this paper, I trace its development in Lebanon through a Temporary Technical Committee (TTC) on Neighbourhood Upgrading. Although it failed in being taken up as a distinct policy, aspects of it are being incorporated into plans and agendas of various actors. Through a critical document analysis I interrogate how humanitarians imagine ideas of ‘neighbourhood’ and ‘community’ in urban contexts. Using the critical literature on urban policymaking and mobilities, I show how the making of the neighbourhood approach draws together people, experiences, lessons, and territories both near and far, thus complicating its provenance as local or global. I offer a glimpse into the world of urban policymaking by humanitarian organisations whilst also challenging the mainstream discussions on urban policy mobilities.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Geography & Environment
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 18:06
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 03:39

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