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Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees: Regimes of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and North America

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Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees

Regimes of Exclusion and Inclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and North America

Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Lucia Volk

320 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-056-4 $135.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-057-1 eBook Not Yet Published

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“The book offers an important and much-needed contribution to the anthropological literature on displacement and humanitarianism, as well as to the interdisciplinary study of Middle Eastern refugees… it addresses an important gap in both academic and public debates on its subject matter in an eloquent and powerful way.” • Secil Dagtas, University of Waterloo


Since the Iraq war, the Middle East has been in continuous upheaval, resulting in the displacement of millions of people. Arriving from Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria in other parts of the world, the refugees show remarkable resilience and creativity amidst profound adversity. Through careful ethnography, this book vividly illustrates how refugees navigate regimes of exclusion, including cumbersome bureaucracies, financial insecurities, medical challenges, vilifying stereotypes, and threats of violence. The collection bears witness to their struggles, while also highlighting their  aspirations for safety, settlement, and social inclusion in their host societies and new homes.

Marcia C. Inhorn is William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University, where she is Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies. Her most recent publications include America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins (Stanford, 2018) and The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton, 2012).

Lucia Volk is Professor of International Relations and Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies at San Francisco State University. Volk is editor of The Middle East in the World: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015) and author of Memorials and Martyrs in Modern Lebanon (Indiana University Press, 2010). In 2017, she received the Middle East Studies Association’s Undergraduate Education Award.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Anthropology (General)


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Un-Settling Middle Eastern Refugees
Lucia Volk and Marcia C. Inhorn

Part I: (Dis)Counting Refugees

Chapter 1. When States Need Refugees: Iraqi Kurdistan and the Security Alibi
Kali Rubaii

Chapter 2. Navigating Precarity, Prejudice, and “Return”: The (Un)Settlement of Displaced Afghans in Iran and Afghanistan
Naysan Adlparvar

Chapter 3. Unsettling “Refugees” as a Category: Labeling, Imagined Populations, and Statistics in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Beirut
Gustavo Barbosa

Part II: Protesting Exclusion

Chapter 4. Middle Eastern Refugeehood in the Happiest Place on Earth: Syrians and Iraqis Entering Finland’s Welfare State Bureaucracy
Lindsay A. Gifford

Chapter 5. “I Live Here; I Have a Right to be Here”: An Afghan Refugee’s Disorientations and Insistence on Inclusion through Theater
Julie Nynne Bune

Chapter 6. Demanding their Welcome: Agency-in-Waiting at a Protest Camp in Dortmund, Germany
Lucia Volk

Part III: Making Lives in Exile

Chapter 7. Living as Enduring: The Struggle for Life against the Limits of Refuge among Gaza Refugees in Jordan
Michael Vicente Pérez

Chapter 8. Reimagining “the Arab Way” in Exile: Futures “Off Line” among Syrian Men in Amman
Emilie Lund Mortensen

Chapter 9. Proactive Reciprocity: Educational Trajectories Reclaimed through Patterns of Care among Refugee Men in Greece
Árdís K. Ingvars

Part IV: Seeking Health

Chapter 10. America’s Wars and Iraqis’ Lives: Toxic Legacies, Refugee Vulnerabilities, and Regimes of Exclusion in the United States
Marcia C. Inhorn

Chapter 11. Regimes of Exclusion in the Reproductive Healthcare Setting: Exploring Experiences of Syrian Refugees in San Diego, California
Morgen Chalmiers

Chapter 12. Valuing Health, Negotiating Paradoxes: Medicalization of the Hymen, Hymenoplasty, and Women’s Healthcare in Ontario
Verena E. Kozmann

Part V: Reshaping Humanitarianism

Chapter 13. A Death Sentence? UNWRA in the Trump Era
Khaldun Bshara

Chapter 14. Race, Religion, and Afghan Refugees’ Practices of Care in Greece
Zareena A. Grewal

Chapter 15. Blurred Lines and Syrian Tea: Negotiations of Humanitarian-Refugee Relationships in France
Rachel J. Farell

Chapter 16. Inclusive Partnerships: Building Resilience Humanitarianism with Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan
Catherine Panter-Brick

Conclusion: Rethinking Exclusion and Inclusion in Refugee Resettlement
Marcia C. Inhorn and Lucia Volk


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