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Genealogies of Humanitarian Containment in the Middle East and Europe
Edited by Are John Knudsen and Kjersti G. Berg
Foreword by Michel Agier
Afterword by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
296 pages, 18 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-844-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (February 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80073-845-4 eBook Not Yet Published
“In my opinion, the biggest strength is the diachronic perspective … which gives a historical dimension to refugee camps and their management.” • Marta Scaglioni, University of Milan
During the past decade, Syria’s displacement crisis has made the Middle East one of the world’s premier refugee-hosting regions. The measures to prevent refugees and migrants from leaving the region, and returning those who do, has made the region a zone of containment where millions remain displaced. The volume explores responses to mass migration and traces the genealogy of humanitarian containment from the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of the first refugee camps to the present-day displacement ‘crises’ and the re-bordering of Europe.
Are John Knudsen is Research Professor at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and an International Fellow at the Institut Convergences Migrations (ICM), Paris. Knudsen specializes on forced displacement, camp-based and urban refugees in the Middle East, in particular Lebanon.
Kjersti G. Berg is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CMI, Bergen, and Associate Professor at NLA University College, Norway. Kjersti is a historian and researches encampment, Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, and the Palestine Question.
Subject: Anthropology (General)Refugee and Migration StudiesDevelopment Studies
Area: Middle East & IsraelEurope
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