For My Country: Scouting as a National Movement

Jennifer M. Dueck

in The Claims of Culture at Empire's End

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264478
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734779 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

For My Country: Scouting as a National Movement

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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

Chapter.  9667 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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