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Author Gabiam, Nell, author

Title The politics of suffering : Syria's Palestinian refugee camps / Nell Gabiam
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Informal Citizens: Palestinian Refugees in Syria -- 2. From Humanitarianism to Development: unrwa and Palestinian Refugees -- 3. Sumud and Sustainability: Reinterpreting Development in Palestinian Refugee Camps -- 4. "Must We Live in Barracks to Convince People We Are Refugees?": The Politics of Camp Improvement -- 5. "A Camp Is a Feeling Inside": Urbanization and the Boundaries of Palestinian Refugee Identity
Summary The Politics of Suffering examines the confluence of international aid, humanitarian relief, and economic development within the space of the Palestinian refugee camp. Nell Gabiam describes the interactions between UNRWA, the United Nations agency charged with providing assistance to Palestinians since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and residents of three camps in Syria. Over time, UNRWA's management of the camps reveals a shift from an emphasis on humanitarian aid to promotion of self-sufficiency and integration of refugees within their host society. Gabiam's analysis captures two forces in tension within the camps: politics of suffering that serves to keep alive the discourse around the Palestinian right of return; and politics of citizenship expressed through development projects that seek to close the divide between the camp and the city. Gabiam offers compelling insights into the plight of Palestinians before and during the Syrian war, which has led to devastation in the camps and massive displacement of their populations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Refugee camps -- Syria.
Refugees, Palestinian Arab -- Syria.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253021529 (electronic bk.)
9780253021526 (electronic bk.)