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A Gendered Approach to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

1st Edition

Edited by Jane Freedman, Zeynep Kivilcim, Nurcan Özgür Baklacıoğlu


180 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The refugee crisis that began in 2015 has seen thousands of refugees attempting to reach Europe, principally from Syria. The dangers and difficulties of this journey have been highlighted in the media, as have the political disagreements within Europe over the way to deal with the problem. However, despite the increasing number of women making this journey, there has been little or no analysis of women’s experiences or of the particular difficulties and dangers they may face.

A Gendered Approach to the Syrian Refugee Crisis examines women’s experience at all stages of forced migration, from the conflict in Syria, to refugee camps in Lebanon or Turkey, on the journey to the European Union and on arrival in an EU member state. The book deals with women’s experiences, the changing nature of gender relations during forced migration, gendered representations of refugees, and the ways in which EU policies may impact differently on men and women. The book provides a nuanced and complex assessment of the refugee crisis, and shows the importance of analysing differences within the refugee population.

Students and scholars of development studies, gender studies, security studies, politics and middle eastern studies will find this book an important guide to the evolving crisis.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Gender, Migration and Exile Jane Freedman, Zeynep Kivilcim, Nurcan Ozgur Baklacıoğlu
  2. Destabilising Gender Dynamics: Syria Post 2011 Nour Abu-Assab
  3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) Syrian Refugees in Turkey Zeynep Kivilcim
  4. The Violence of Tolerated Temporarity: Syrian Women Refugees on the Outskirts of Istanbul Nurcan Ozgur Baklacıoğlu
  5. "Trust no one, beware of everyone": Vulnerabilities of LGBTI refugees in Lebanon Henri Myrttinen, Lana Khattab, Charbel Maydaa
  6. Gender, Social Class, and Exile: The case of Syrian women in Cairo Maysa Ayoub
  7. Death at Sea: migration and the gendered dimensions of border insecurity Sharon Pickering and Rebecca Powell
  8. Women’s experience of forced migration: gender-based forms of insecurity and the uses of "vulnerability" Jane Freedman
  9. Gender Performativity in Diaspora: Syrian Refugee Women in the UK Nof Nasser-Eddin
  10. Aggressor, Victim, Soldier, Dad: Intersecting Masculinities in the European ‘Refugee Crisis’ Jennifer Allsopp
  11. Conclusions

About the Editors

Jane Freedman is Professor at the Université Paris 8, and a member of the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris (CRESPPA), France.

Zeynep Kivilcim is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Istanbul University, Turkey.

Nurcan Ozgur Baklacioglu is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Istanbul University, Turkey.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development, Mobilities and Migration

This series is dedicated to the growing and important area of mobilities and migration, particularly through the lens of international development. It promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research targeted at a global readership. The series welcomes submissions from established and junior authors on cutting-edge and high-level research on key topics that feature in global news and public debate.

These include the so called European migration crisis; famine in the Horn of Africa; riots; environmental migration; development-induced displacement and resettlement; livelihood transformations; people-trafficking; health and infectious diseases; employment; South-South migration; population growth; children’s wellbeing; marriage and family; food security; the global financial crisis; drugs wars; and other contemporary crisis.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries