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  • Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa Entering the 21st Century

    17 December 2013

    A scholarly volume devoted to an understanding of contemporary nomadic and pastoral societies in the Middle East and North Africa. This volume recognizes the variable mobile quality of the ways of life of these societies which persist in accommodating the ‘nation-state’ of the 20th and 21st century but remain firmly transnational and highly adaptive. Composed of four sections around the theme of contestation it includes examinations of contested authority and power, space and social transformation, development and economic transformation, and cultures and engendered spaces.

  • Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa: Entering the 21st Century

    17 December 2013

    A scholarly volume devoted to an understanding of contemporary nomadic and pastoral societies in the Middle East and North Africa. This volume recognizes the variable mobile quality of the ways of life of these societies which persist in accommodating the ‘nation-state’ of the 20th and 21st century but remain firmly transnational and highly adaptive. Composed of four sections around the theme of contestation it includes examinations of contested authority and power, space and social transformation, development and economic transformation, and cultures and engendered spaces.

  • Atfal Filastiin wa Al-Hijra:Al-‘Aish fi Zull al-Hijra al-Qasriyyah fi Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (Children of Palestine)

    17 December 2013

    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.

  • Mobile peoples: pastoralists and herders at the beginning of the 21st Century

    17 December 2013

    Five books discussed here represent a broad sweep of studies on peoples who raise herds of domesticated animals and rely as much as possible on natural graze and browse. They are mainly mobile pastoralists rather than settled agriculturalists. Many of the world's pastoralists today find themselves in situations of marginality, economic impoverishment, and cultural vulnerability. The fundamental strength of these peoples is their adaptability, resilience, and resistance to unwanted transformations. Ideologies favoring either sedentary or mobile lifestyles, and not mere ecological constraints, have heavily influenced decisions leading to the current situation among mobile peoples.

  • Mobile peoples: pastoralists and herders at the beginning of the 21st Century

    17 December 2013

    Five books discussed here represent a broad sweep of studies on peoples who raise herds of domesticated animals and rely as much as possible on natural graze and browse. They are mainly mobile pastoralists rather than settled agriculturalists. Many of the world's pastoralists today find themselves in situations of marginality, economic impoverishment, and cultural vulnerability. The fundamental strength of these peoples is their adaptability, resilience, and resistance to unwanted transformations. Ideologies favoring either sedentary or mobile lifestyles, and not mere ecological constraints, have heavily influenced decisions leading to the current situation among mobile peoples.

  • Mobile indigenous peoples

    17 December 2013

    In 2008 the theme of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (unPFII1) was ‘Climate Change, Bio-cultural Diversity and Livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges’. Although climate change and the related issue of bio-cultural diversity have been major concerns in the developed and industrialised world, it is only with events like the UNPFII that the threats which climate change pose to the survival of peoples of the developing world are brought to light. Nomadic (mobile) peoples are already deriving their livelihoods from marginal and extreme landscapes; changes in physical and biological resources – and the impacts of increasingly severe weather and climate change – are therefore of particular concern to them.

  • Report on the Conference: Forced Migration and Dispossession in the Middle East

    17 December 2013

    An international conference was held on 28 and 29 February 2008 at the British Academy entitled: ‘Dispossession and displacement - Forced migration in the Middle East and Africa’. The event was organised by the Council for British Research in the Levant with the Refugees Studies Centre, University of Oxford, in collaboration with the British Institute in East Africa, the British Institute at Ankara, the British Institute of Persian Studies and the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. The conference was funded by a collaborative award from the British Academy’s Board for Sponsored Institutes and Societies (BASIS).

  • The case law of the court of justice in the field of sex equality since 2000

    17 December 2013

    This article examines developments in EC sex equality law from 1 April 2000 to 4 October 2006, continuing this journal’s tradition of periodic reviews of developments in this field. We focus on the case law of the European Court of Justice, along with one judgment of the EFTA court, taking into account the changing legislative and constitutional context. In the period under review, this context has changed in several ways.