Beirut's Explosion and the Death of the Resilience Narrative, with Sara Mourad

Published August 26th, 2020 - 06:19 GMT
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A man stands shocked after the August 4 blast in Beirut's port (AFP/FILE)
A word that gets tossed around international press coverage of conflicts, poverty, or general deprivation is “resilience,” which refers to the ability for a society to endure hardship. Stories of unmitigated disasters and unspeakable horror can be turned into hopeful human-interest stories simply by packaging the tragedy within a narrative of ‘resilience,’ and overcoming. This type of narrative has been continuously applied to developments in the Middle East, where people are depi

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