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Occupied LivesMaintaining Integrity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank$
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Nina Gren

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166952

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166952.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Occupied Lives

Nina Gren

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter opens with an ethnographic description of a refugee woman’s encounter with an aggressive Israeli soldier on her way home to the Dheisheh camp. Taking this description as the point of departure, the camp inhabitants and their lives are briefly presented. The introduction then explains the focus of the book and its main argument. The interlocutors are placed in a theoretical framework referring to the scholarly and mostly anthropological debate on refugees, violence, and agency. The introduction also discusses three main themes used in the book: ‘normality’, social continuity, and morality. Here, some theoretical concepts are brought up, such as tactics of resilience, resistance and displacement, as well as Bourdieu’s illusio. Lastly, the chapter describes and problematizes fieldwork methodology and some ethical challenges.

Keywords:   Refugees, Agency, Violence, Fieldwork, Social continuity, Morality, Ethical challenges

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