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The Claims of Culture at Empire's EndSyria and Lebanon under French Rule$
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Jennifer M. Dueck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264478

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264478.001.0001

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For My Country: Scouting as a National Movement

For My Country: Scouting as a National Movement

(p.207) Chapter 8 For My Country: Scouting as a National Movement
The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Jennifer M. Dueck

British Academy

This chapter looks at how scouting features were manifested within Syria and Lebanon respectively, and brings out the specificities arising from differences in the Syrian and Lebanese political landscapes. The variegated and multi-layered nature of scouting in Syria and Lebanon can be seen in the intertwined networks that took part in it. These networks included French scout associations, fascist youth leagues, government authorities, community leaders, and, not least, the local scout participants. While the scout networks throughout the two nations shared many features, including similar foreign influences and local ideologies, they were also marked by national specificities which affected how scouting evolved as a political tool. The wide appeal of scouting in so many different cultures effectively ensured that no government could claim the right to monopolize or police its use.

Keywords:   Syria, Lebanon, scouting, political landscape, French scout associations, fascist youth leagues

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