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Examining community cohesion in an impermanent landscape

This study examined, from an anthropological perspective, the way in which dispossession has come to be a defining feature of life in the Middle East in the 21st century. A focus on individual narratives of migration, integration and compromise of the four major forced migrant groups in the Middle East – the Circassians, Kurds, Armenians and Palestinians – contributes to developing understanding of the coping strategies and mechanisms adopted by these societies and helps explain the relationship between politics, forced migration and identity formation in the region.

Two books on this research have been published: Dispossession and Displacement: Forced Migration in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press) and Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press).


  • Dawn Chatty
    Dawn Chatty

    Emerita Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration; former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, 2011-2014

Selected publications