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Young Refugees and Forced Displacement
Navigating Everyday Life in Beirut

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ISBN 9780367233044
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Young Refugees and Forced Displacement is about young Syrian and Iraqi refugees navigating the complex realities of forced displacement in Beirut. It is based on a British Academy funded two-year project with 51 displaced youth aged eight to 17 and under the care of three local humanitarian organisations.

Focus groups, interviews and innovative arts-based methods were used to learn about their everyday lives. At the end of the project we coproduced with them a public mural, allowing unexpected epistemological and methodological reflections on researching refugees and the "right to opacity." Families and friendships, humanitarian caregiving, racism, discrimination and everyday decencies and civilities make up the stuff of the ordinary, everyday encounters of refugeedom, defining both its sharper edges and its more inadvertent and quietly political ones.

Refugeedom, as we conceive, includes "the humanitarian condition" but goes a little beyond it, to become also a human condition of political alterity. Thus, in navigating refugeedom the young Syrians and Iraqis become sophisticated political and moral actors, emotionally reflexive as they engage layered subjectivities to define the terms of their own forced displacement. This book will be of interest to policy makers, organisations, social science scholars, students, working on refugees, displacement, humanitarianism, intimacies, emotions, racism and discrimination. It may also be of interest to with displaced youth.

Table of Contents

1. Navigating Beirut, Singing in the Dark

2. "I Don’t Have Friends, I Just Have Cousins"

3. A Quiet Politics in Humanitarian Spaces

4. Becoming Young Political Subjects

5. A Right to Opacity?


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Liliana Riga is Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. She is a political and historical sociologist whose work explores immigration, refugees and civil society, racialised exclusions and political subjectivities. She is currently completing two books, Contestations of American Nationhood: Race, Immigration, Civil Society, and a collection of essays in Refugeedom and Our Moral Selves.

Mary Holmes is Professor of Emotions and Society at the University of Edinburgh. Her research examines emotional reflexivity. She is one of the founding editors of the journal Emotions and Society and is currently writing a book, with Chris Beasley, on internet dating.

Arek Dakessian is a research fellow at Queen Margaret University. His research interests include cultural production, material culture, historical sociology and political alterity. Arek is also a founding member of LIVED, an Edinburgh-based charity.

Johannes Langer is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. His research explores questions of racism, immigration, and the rise of rightist nationalism with a focus on regional difference and historical social change.

David Anderson was a Research Assistant on the Belonging in Beirut project and is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD work addresses displacement, marginalisation and social space in the urban environment in Soacha, Colombia.