This paper focuses on the political uses of the “martyrs” group in present-day Lebanon. It is based on a semiotic analysis of cemeteries of the Shiite South of the country. Cemeteries as forming “lieux de mémoire” are regarded, in this paper, as a privileged site of observation to understand the processes of group construction. The article shows the work of homogenization orchestrated by political parties in permanent parallel with local forms of resistance.
The Cemetery as a Political SpaceBy Kinda Chaib