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Examining community cohesion in an impermanent landscape

This ongoing study examines, 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.

A book on this research is currently underway, to be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press.

Our team

  • Dawn Chatty
    Dawn Chatty

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

Selected publications