Children of Palestine

Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East

Dawn Chatty
Gillian Lewando Hundt
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition: 1
Published by: Berghahn Books
Pages: 256
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qd7k9
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    Children of Palestine
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    Palestinian children and young people living both within and outside of refugee camps in the Middle East are the focus of this book. For more than half a century these children and their caregivers have lived a temporary existence in the dramatic and politically volatile landscape that is the Middle East. These children have been captive to various sorts of stereotyping, both academic and popular. They have been objectified, much as their parents and grandparents, as passive victims without the benefit of international protection. And they have become the beneficiaries of numerous humanitarian aid packages which presume the primacy of the Western model of child development as well as the psycho-social approach to intervention. Giving voice to individual children, in the context of their households and their community, this book aims to move beyond the stereotypes and Western-based models to explore the impact that forced migration and prolonged conflict have had, and continue to have, on the lives of these refugee children.

    eISBN: 978-1-78238-786-2
    Subjects: Sociology
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents (pp. vii-vii)
  3. List of Maps, Figures and Tables (pp. viii-viii)
  4. Acknowledgements (pp. ix-ix)
  5. List of Abbreviations (pp. x-xi)
  6. Maps (pp. xii-xiv)
  7. 1 Introduction: Children of Palestine Narrate Forced Migration (pp. 1-34)
    Dawn Chatty and Gillian Lewando Hundt

    Palestinian children and adolescents living both within and outside of refugee camps in the Middle East are the focus of this study. For more than half a century these children and their caregivers have lived a temporary existence in the dramatic and politically volatile landscape that is the Middle East. These children have been captive to various sorts of stereotyping, both academic and popular. They have been objectified, like their parents and grandparents, as passive victims without the benefit of international protection. And they have become the beneficiaries of numerous humanitarian aid packages, which presume the primacy of the Western...

  8. 2 Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in Lebanon (pp. 35-57)
    Bassem Serhan and Samia Tabari

    This chapter focuses on the impact of prolonged conflict and forced migration on young Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The sample of this research includes nineteen households in three refugee camps and one urban area in Lebanon.¹ The specific variations to the overall team research methodology are discussed in Appendix I. In this chapter, the voices of Palestinian children and their caregivers are prioritised and, as much as possible, allow the findings of the study in Lebanon to emerge from the narratives.

    We fled first to Nirba, then to Halta [South Lebanon]. It was winter and we slept out in the...

  9. 3 Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in Syria (pp. 58-86)
    Adnan Abdul-Rahim

    This chapter focuses on the impact of prolonged conflict and forced migration on young (children and adolescent) Palestinian refugees in Syria. The data provided in this chapter was conducted mainly in ten Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.¹ The research sample included twenty households from different income groups, among which eighteen were Muslim and two were Christian. The study used a multidisciplinary and participatory approach in developing its main tool of investigation. A qualitative approach to data analysis was used to identify significant themes in the findings of this research. The main findings illustrate the importance of social identity among young...

  10. 4 Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in Jordan (pp. 87-121)
    Randa Farah

    This chapter¹ examines the lives and narratives of Palestinian refugee children and adolescents² living in a refugee camp in Jordan.³ It deals primarily with how young people – like adults – are both products of history and society, as well as agents who reshape political, socioeconomic and cultural processes. Despite the larger collective experience of colonisation, dispossession and fragmentation, which they share with all Palestinians, most of the refugees who sought shelter across the River Jordan or the East Bank have acquired a special Jordanian-Palestinian experience, which will emerge in the chapter. Undoubtedly, examining this experience through the lives of...

  11. 5 Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in the West Bank (pp. 122-148)
    Salah Alzaroo

    This chapter focuses on the impact of prolonged conflict and forced migrations on the young Palestinian refugees who live in the West Bank. The research team¹ conducted this study in al-Fawwar and al-Aroub refugee camps. The research sample comprises forty interviewees from thirteen households, of whom seven are from al-Fawwar refugee camp and six are from al-Aroub refugee camp.

    Most of our interviewees fled from southern Palestine, and the majority of them were living in rural areas and working in agriculture in Palestine. Their lifestyle was very simple and traditional. An elderly man from al-Aroub camp said:

    We were shepherds,...

  12. 6 Palestinian Refugee Children and Caregivers in the Gaza Strip (pp. 149-172)
    Abdel Aziz Thabet and Hala Abuateya

    This chapter focuses on the effect of prolonged conflict and forced migration on Palestinian refugee children and adolescents living in the Gaza Strip. The research used a multidisciplinary and participatory research approach and was conducted¹ in three refugee camps and two urban settings in the Gaza Strip. This chapter presents the voices of children and young people who are facing and coping with the direct and indirect impact of forced migration and prolonged conflict. We consider coping strategies as a combination of problem-focused and emotion-focused styles in dealing with chronic social adversities in our society, which include the long-term effect...

  13. 7 Policy Implications and Summary of Main Findings (pp. 173-180)
    Dawn Chatty and Gillian Lewando Hundt

    This multidisciplinary and regional study responds to a number of concerns in contemporary research regarding children in general and Palestinian refugees in particular. It addresses the need to recognise the child and young person as part of a larger social community of extended families, households, neighbourhoods, and local and national communities. It also concerns itself with recognising the importance of regional studies in areas where the case study has reigned supreme. Each of these chapters illustrates how young Palestinian lives are mediated by the specific historical, political and economic realities that bear on them in their most recent place of...

  14. Appendix I: Methodology (pp. 181-195)
  15. Appendix II: Literature Review (pp. 196-202)
  16. Appendix III: Sample Newsletters (pp. 203-265)
  17. Glossary (pp. 266-267)
  18. Index (pp. 268-274)

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