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Responding to Precarity: Beddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2020) Responding to Precarity: Beddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19. Journal of Palestine Studies , 49 (4) pp. 27-35. 10.1525/jps.2020.49.4.27. Green open access

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Abstract

How are refugees responding to protect themselves and others in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic? How do these responses relate to diverse local, national, and international structures of inequality and marginalization? Drawing on the case of Beddawi camp in North Lebanon, I argue that local responses—such as sharing information via print and social media, raising funds for and preparing iftar baskets during Ramadan, and distributing food and sanitation products to help people practice social distancing—demonstrate how camp residents have worked individually and collectively to find ways to care for Palestinian, Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Lebanese residents alike, thereby transcending a focus on nationality-based identity markers. However, state, municipal, international, and media reports pointing to Syrian refugees as having imported the virus into Beddawi camp place such local modes of solidarity and mutuality at risk. This article thus highlights the importance of considering how refugee-refugee assistance initiatives relate simultaneously to: the politics of the self and the other, politically produced precarity, and multi-scalar systems that undermine the potential for solidarity in times of overlapping precarities.

Type: Article
Title: Responding to Precarity: Beddawi Camp in the Era of Covid-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1525/jps.2020.49.4.27
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2020.49.4.27
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Beddawi camp, Covid-19, mutual aid, Palestinian refugee, Syrian refugee, Ramadan
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102977
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