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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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The Making of New Homes

The Making of New Homes

(p.117) 3 The Making of New Homes
Occupied Lives

Nina Gren

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on alternative practices aimed at upholding the camp inhabitants’ sense of worth and integrity, namely social continuity, as a way to recover from and oppose both present and historical violations. The argument is that by establishing new households, camp residents built the basis of the ‘normal life’ they desired and continued broken family lines. Many obstacles and dilemmas were present in this dynamic, and issues such as financial constraints, imprisonment, and house demolitions in relation to Dheishehans’ attempts to establish new homes are discussed and problematized. The chapter also brings up marriage strategies and the significance of having children.

Keywords:   Social continuity, Normal life, Households, Family lines, Imprisonment, Financial constraints, House demolitions, Marriage strategies, Children

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