We are pleased to announce that on Monday, October 28th, Dr. Sarah Parkinson of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs will be speaking at MIRC. The talk will be held at 1:30 PM in 1314 Social Sciences.
Dr. Parkinson will be presenting a talk entitled "The Old Guard and the Die Hards: Generational Effects, Money, and Cohesion in Militant Organizations." An abstract for the talk can be found below, and a copy of the event poster is attached. If you would like to read a hard copy of the paper prior to the talk, copies are available in 1414 Social Sciences, outside of 1208 Social Sciences, and outside of 245 Humphrey.
Please feel free to disseminate this announcement to anyone who might be interested. All are welcome!
The MIRC Team
How does access to external funding affect militant organizations' structures and behaviors? Recent events in the Middle East have spurred extensive debate over the impact of providing financial support and non-lethal aid to insurgencies in countries such as Libya and Syria. These deliberations not only force scholars to examine the causes and geopolitical consequences of economic intervention in civil war, but also to study the relationship between rebel finance and militants' long-term adaptive trajectories. Drawing on over nine months of organizational ethnography among Fateh cadres in Lebanon, this paper argues the ways that militants talk about money provide key insights into their conceptualization of organizational membership and into their reflexivity as political and social actors. I demonstrate that in Fateh, money-centered discourse--specifically, money talk transmitted through rumors, complaints, and jokes--flows across gender, age, family, and subunit divisions and produce different organizational "generations" depending on time of recruitment. This paper thus challenges extant research on the economics of rebellion by examining non-material aspects of finance and by connecting money talk to militant behavior.