Community politics and ethnicity among Lebanese in Nova Scotia


  • *An earlier version of this article was presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November, 1979. The ethnographic research on which it was based, carried out from 1977 to 1981, was supported by a grant from the Canadian Department of Secretary of State. I would like to thank my collaborator, Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, Academic Vice President, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, for his part in the research on which this article is based. I would also like to acknowledge the helpful comments of the CRSA's anonymous referees.


Les leaders des groupes ethniques pourraient bien influencer l'identité et les contours ethniques par le biais du processus de la formation des factions. Pour mieux comprendre cette proposition, l'auteur nous présente dans cette étude I'analyse de cinq disputes au sein de la communauté libanaisé d'Halifax, en Nouvelle-Ecosse.

Ethnic group political leaders can affect ethnic and other parochial boundaries and identities through the process of faction formation. Five disputes from the Halifax area Lebanese community are examined with the intention of illuminating this process.