Dec 6th 2018

A new book!! Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement: Unsettling the Everyday and the Extraordinary

The image we have of refugees is one of displacement – from their homes, families and countries – and yet, refugee settlement is increasingly becoming an experience of living simultaneously in places both proximate and distant, as people navigate and transcend international borders in numerous and novel ways. At the same time, border regimes remain central in defining the possibilities and constraints of meaningful settlement. This book examines the implications of ‘belonging’ in numerous places as increased mobilities and digital access create new global connectedness in uneven and unexpected ways.

This book, by Jay Marlowe, positions refugee settlement as an ongoing transnational experience and identifies the importance of multiple belongings through several case studies in resettlement societies. Demonstrating the interplay between everyday and extraordinary experiences and broadening the dominant refugee discourses, this book critiques the notion that meaningful settlement necessarily occurs in ‘local’ places. The author focuses on the extraordinary events of trauma and disasters alongside the everyday lives of refugees undertaking settlement, to provide a conceptual framework that embraces and honours the complexities of working with the ‘trauma story’ and identifies approaches to see beyond it.

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A new book!! Belonging and Transnational Refugee Settlement: Unsettling the Everyday and the Extraordinary