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Of Revolutionary Transformations: Life in Displacement at the Syrian-Turkish Border

Loris-Rodionoff, Charlotte; (2019) Of Revolutionary Transformations: Life in Displacement at the Syrian-Turkish Border. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This is an ethnography of Syrian revolutionaries who were forced to flee their country and have been displaced in the city of Antep (Turkey) after the regime’s brutal crackdown on their nonviolent movement. It explores Syrians’ life in the aftermath of a thwarted revolution and in the midst of war and displacement. The aim of the thesis is twofold: to understand Syrians’ evolving conceptions, theorisations, experiences and imaginations of what they see as thawra, ‘revolution’, and to analyse the intended and unintended consequences of a defeated revolution in all aspects of Syrians’ lifeworlds. The thesis argues that despite not attaining its initial aims – the overthrow of the Assad regime - the Syrian revolution is a transformational entity that has inflected Syrians’ life, and has radically reshaped their world. By defining revolution as a multi-dimensional and multi-scalar transformational force, the thesis contributes to the literature on revolution, which has mainly understood revolution in terms of radical political rupture. Moreover, it inscribes itself in the emergent literature on the Arab Spring pursuing the enquiry of revolution’s (non-)ending and shifting the focus to the long-lasting transformations that revolutionary processes engender. Two interconnected steps are developed in order to support this main argument. The thesis traces the ways in which the revolution affected the cosmological and the intimate scales: spatio-temporal coordinates and horizons were reshaped and new senses of self emerged. And it maps out how the revolution shifted from the political to the social domain as shapes of relations, everyday life, gender norms and types of alliances were transformed. Throughout the thesis, revolution thus appears as an evolving process that affected all dimensions of Syrians’ life through a series of ruptures and disruptions.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Of Revolutionary Transformations: Life in Displacement at the Syrian-Turkish Border
Event: UCL
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071605
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