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The permanently minority people: Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, (attempted) social death and desire to return

Omar, Hanana Bamadhaj and Saidin, Mohd Irwan Syazli (2023) The permanently minority people: Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, (attempted) social death and desire to return. Cogent Arts and Humanities, 10 (1). ISSN 2331-1983

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Identification Number: 10.1080/23311983.2023.2172804

Abstract

Seventy-three years, seven million people in exile; it has been this long since the Palestinian diaspora set foot. By expanding the Social Death theory to include “territory bounded culture,” this paper argues that Israeli regime is inflicting an (attempted) social death upon Palestinian refugees by dispossessing them of their lands and denying their existence. This article attempts to unlatch another portal by exhibiting the possibility of creating an anti-thesis to the Social Death theory by the Palestinian resistance. Thus, showing the very act of Israel’s attempted social death becomes the very fuel for the Palestinian resistance to social death. We also illustrate the interconnection between social death and hope to return, allowing another room for analysis of refugee’s desirability to return and the problems of universalisation of solutions to the refugee crisis, in particular the cases of Palestinian refugees in Lebanese and Jordanian refugee camps.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s).
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 12:33
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 17:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/118274

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