More than four million Palestinian refugees live in protracted exile across the Middle East. Taking a regional approach to Palestinian refugee exile and alienation across the Levant, this book proposes a new understanding of the spatial and political dimensions of refugee camps across the Middle East.
Combining critical scholarship with ethnographic insight, the essays uncover host states’ marginalisation of stateless refugees and shed light on new terminology on refugees, migration and diaspora studies. The impact on the refugee community is detailed in novel studies of refugee identity, memory and practice and new legal approaches to compensation and "right of return". The book opens a critical debate on key concepts and proposes a new understanding of the spatial and political dimensions of refugee camps, better understood as laboratories of Palestinian society and "state-in-making".
This strong collection of original essays is an essential resource for scholars and students in refugee studies, forced migration, disaster studies, legal anthropology, urban studies, international law and Middle East history.
Introduction Are Knudsen and Sari Hanafi Part I: Space, Governance and Locality 1. Cartographic Violence, Displacement and Refugee Camps: Palestine and Iraq Julie Peteet 2. Governing the Palestinian Refugees Camps in Lebanon and Syria: The Cases of Nahr El-Bared and Yarmouk Camps Sari Hanafi 3. Palestinian Camp Refugee Identifications: A New Look at the “Local” and the “National” Rosemary Sayigh Part II: Urbanisation, Place and Politics 4. Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon: Migration, Mobility and the Urbanization Process Mohamed Kamel Dorei 5. Refugees Plan the Future of Al Fawwar: Piloting Strategic Camp Improvement in Palestine Refugee Camps Philipp Misselwitz 6. Nahr el-Bared: The Political Fall-out of a Refugee Disaster Are Knudsen and Jaber Suleiman Part III: Civic Rights, Legal Status and Reparations 7. Passport for what Price? Statelessness Among Palestinian Refugees Abbas Shiblak 8. Dynamics of Humanitarian Aid, Local and Regional Politics: The Palestine Refugees as a Case-Study Jalal Al Husseini and Riccardo Bocco 9. Reparations to Palestinian Refugees: The Politics of Saying ‘Sorry’ Shahira Samy Part IV: Memory, Agency and Incorporation 10. ‘The One Still Surviving and Viable Institution’ Sylvain Perdigon 11. ‘A World of Movement’: Memory and Reality for Palestinian Women in the Camps of Lebanon Maria Holt 12. Politics, Patronage and Popular Committees in the Shatila Refugee Camp, Lebanon Manal Kortam
The Arab-Israeli conflict continues to be the centre of academic and popular attention. This series brings together the best of the cutting edge work now being undertaken by predominantly new and young scholars. Although largely falling within the field of political science the series also includes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions.