Makhzoumi, Jala. “Colonizing Mountain, Paving Sea: Neoliberal Politics and the Right to Landscape in Lebanon” in The Right to Landscape: Contesting Landscape and Human Rights, edited by Egoz, S., Jala Makhzoumi and G. Pungetti. Ashgate: London, 2011, pp. 227-242.
The growing dominance of neoliberal economies in Lebanon has appropriated prime coastal fronts, scenic marginal landscapes and agricultural lands converting them to exclusive, gated developments. This paper argues that ‘landscape’ can serve as a platform for raising public awareness and empower communities to reclaim their right to nature in the city.