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Repressentations of Displacement from the Middle East and North Africa

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E; (2016) Repressentations of Displacement from the Middle East and North Africa. Public Culture , 28 (3) pp. 457-473. 10.1215/08992363-3511586. Green open access

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Abstract

This article draws on research with and about refugees from across the Middle East and North Africa and examines the current Syrian refugee crisis through the tropes of visibility and invisibility. Adopting a deconstructive framework, it purposefully centralizes what has previously been assigned a peripheral position throughout the ever-expanding “archive of knowledge” (following Foucault) vis-à-vis particular refugee situations and critically interrogates how, why, and with what effect only certain bodies, identity markers, and models of humanitarian response become hypervisible in the European public sphere. The article starts by tracing the roles of visibility and invisibility in constituting the “ideal refugee” (and the concomitant figure of the “a-refugee”), before turning to refugee-refugee humanitarianism as an invisible form of Southern-led (rather than Northern-led or Northern-dominated) responses to displacement from Syria.

Type: Article
Title: Repressentations of Displacement from the Middle East and North Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1215/08992363-3511586
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3511586
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 by Duke University Press
Keywords: Science & Technology, Social Sciences, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, CONTEXTS, POLITICS
UCL classification: UCL
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/1520016
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