Emotions and Belonging in Forced Migration takes a sociology of emotions approach to gain a better understanding of the present situation of forced migration.
Furthermore, it helps to bring the voices and views of forced migrants to academic and public debates in Western society, where they have been generally absent and often investigated with predefined concepts and categories based on theories having little relevance to their cultural and social experiences. This work, however, is based on an inductive methodology that carefully carries the voices of forced migrants throughout the research. Therefore, it will be of interest for various audiences from different disciplines in social sciences, as for any readers seeking to learn more about the refugees in his building, neighbourhood, city, or country.
Finally, it provides an insightful lens for those who wants to know more about Syria and the Arab uprisings after 2010: It is the first study of what Syrians feel during the entirety of their difficult ordeal fleeing Syria, traversing different countries in the global South, and landing in Western ones. No other book treats this thematic focus with the same geographic and temporal breadth.
Table of Contents
1. The Study of Forced Migrants’ Emotions and Belonging
2. Disturbed Hope
3. Frustration and the Birth of a ‘Definitive’ Migration Plan
4. Emotions and Self-Presentation During the Journey
5. The Path to Belonging "I hope that I can start a new life ‘here’"
Basem Mahmud is a researcher at the University of Granada, Spain.