DARINE ZAATARI, then a student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, received funding in May 2005 to aid research on 'Clans and Cooperation in the Beq'aa Valley of Lebanon,' supervised by Dr. Lee Cronk. The objective of the study was to investigate cooperative and punitive behavior in Lebanon among kin and among different members of the community in Lebanon. Fieldwork was set out to test the extent to which degrees of relatedness, moral codes, and individual variation encourage or discourage cooperation. Research is expected to shed some light on the degree to which individuals have a sense of belonging, loyalty, and obligation to relatives versus non-relatives and how this shapes the social system. Conducting research was performed in two phases. The first part consisted of informal interviews and participant observation, with subject search and logistic preparation for the second phase. In the second phase, members of the community were selected to play a set of economic games, an objective experimental method. These games were simple, granted real monetary rewards, and could be applied in a variety of contexts. These games measured differences in cooperative behavior among different communities in Lebanon and among individuals within the community.
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Zaatari, Darine, Rutgers U., New Brunswick, NJ - To aid research on 'Clans and Cooperation in the Beq'aa Valley of Lebanon,' supervised by Dr. Lee Cronk