Global conversations on refuge

Edited by Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal



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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2346-6
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2020
  • BIC Category: Human Geography, Society & social sciences / Refugees & political asylum, Sociology, Refugees & political asylum, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Refugees, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology
  • Series: Manchester University Press


As an unprecedented number of people are displaced around the world, scholars continue to strive to make sense of what appear to be a series of constantly unfolding 'crises.'

Drawing on research in a range of regions - from Latin America, to Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, North America, post-Soviet regions, and South and South-East Asia - Displacement offers an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to thinking about structures, spaces, and lived experiences of displacement. The contributors engage in a historical, transnational, interdisciplinary dialogue to offer different ways of theorizing about refugees, internally displaced persons, stateless people and others that have been forcibly displaced.

Representing a collective effort by sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, political scientists, historians and migration studies scholars, this volume develops new cross-regional conversations and theoretically innovative vocabularies in the work on forced displacement. It also draws forced displacement together with other contemporary issues across different disciplines such as urbanisation, race, and imperialism.


'Displacement advances our understanding of forced migration by accentuating the transnational, historical and interdisciplinary lenses through which the field could be conceptualised and theoretically enriched. Through profound and thought-provoking chapters, it goes beyond its promise of circumventing disciplinary siloes to arouse readers' curiosity about other potential areas of inquiry that could be problematised in relation to forced migration. Thus, Displacement will appeal not only to scholars, students and practitioners within the field of forced migration, but also to those working across a number of other disciplines and areas of study.'
Husne Akgol, LSE Review of Books

'It promotes interdisciplinary dialogue, establishing connections with broader discussions on power, rights, redistribution, recognition, and justice. Such a multidisciplinary approach allows urban anthropology of refugee camps and moral anthropology of asylum seekers. It also highlights the connection between Race relations and Refugee studies.'
Moslem Boushehrian, Ethnic and Racial Studies


Preface: the political geography and moral economy of asylum - Didier Fassin
Introduction: global conversations on refuge - Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

Part I: Experiments of categorizing and control
1 Creating proper subjects: the politics of Hmong refugee resettlement in the United States - Chia Youyee Vang
2 'Niche openings' and compassionate exclusions: the UK's response to children during the refugee crisis - Ala Sirriyeh
3 The banality of displacement: re-reading Hannah Arendt to instil critical thought in the Colombian refugee crisis - Ulrich Oslender
4 Refugees welcome? The politics of repatriation and return in a global era of security. Case study: the Rohingya in Bangladesh - Tazreena Sajjad

Part II: Inhabiting displacement and crafting futures
5 At sea: maritime Palestine displaced - Diana Allan
6 Privatized housing and never ending displacement: the temporality of dwelling for displaced Georgians - Catherine Brun and Ragne Øwre Thorshaug
7 Voice through exit: Syrian refugees at the borders of Europe and the struggle to choose where to live - Chiara Denaro
8 The global refugee camp: coinciding locales of refuge among Sahrawi refugees in North Africa - Konstantina Isidoros

Part III: Scales of intervention
9 Out-sourcing refuge: distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees - Jonathan Darling
10 Visibilising suffering or stealth humanitarianism? The perils of promoting durable protection in cities of the south - Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Loren B Landau
11 Onward pushes and negotiated refuge: theorizing the fluid national and urban regimes of forced migration in Southeast Asia - Pei Palmgren


Silvia Pasquetti is a Lecturer in Sociology at Newcastle University

Romola Sanyal is Associate Professor of Urban Geography at the London School of Economics

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