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Black & white sketch of a tall fence and fields beyond

Structures of Protection? cover showing black & white sketch of a fence and fields beyondTom Scott-Smith and Mark E Breeze (University of Cambridge) have a new book out this month with Berghahn Books. Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelter questions what shelter is and how we can define it.

The volume brings together essays on different forms of refugee shelter, with a view to widening public understanding about the lives of forced migrants and developing theoretical understanding of this oft-neglected facet of the refugee experience. Drawing on a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, law, architecture, and history, each of the chapters describes a particular shelter and uses this to open up theoretical reflections on the relationship between architecture, place, politics, design and displacement. Authors include former RSC Early Career Fellows Tom Western and Robin Vandevoordt, and former Visiting Research Fellow Daniel Howden.

The book is a product of a conference, convened by Scott-Smith and Breeze, which took place in 2018 at St. Cross College.

Structures of Protection? Rethinking Refugee Shelteris available from Berghahn Books