Affective atmospheres, urban geopolitics and conflict (de)escalation in Beirut

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The article joins literature on urban geopolitics and on affective atmospheres to trace the intensities of feeling that propagate during escalation and de-escalation of urban conflict in Beirut. Based on two months of fieldwork in 2010 in the Lebanese capital, it considers the deadly clashes of May 2008 between government- and opposition-affiliated militias. Political decisions and deliberate interventions involving the urban built environment before and after the clashes, contributed to propagating affective atmospheres of (de)escalation, which in turn
impacted on the residents’ practical and emotional responses to violence. The paper proposes an atmospheric urban geopolitics that moves away from techno-centric, disembodied approaches to urban conflict, and that instead takes seriously the lived experiences of urban (de)escalation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPolitical Geography
Early online date12 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • Urban geopolitics
  • Affective atmospheres
  • urban conflict
  • Lebanon
  • Beirut


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