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Moral hazards and humanitarian rackets : the case of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Farhat, Rayyar

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The predominant scholarship on the Palestinian camps can be characterised as an activist literature which reinforces the humanitarian narrative that camps are places of victimisation. This tends to be an outcome of a number of factors. Firstly it represents the political commitment that many scholars profess towards the cause of the Palestinian refugees of Lebanon. Such a disposition involves the censoring of certain unsavoury facts which might challenge the cause for refugee rights. The...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFarhat, Rayyar
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-22T00:05:43Z
dc.date.available2018-11-22T00:05:43Z
dc.date.copyright2014
dc.identifier.otherb3600191
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/150451
dc.description.abstractThe predominant scholarship on the Palestinian camps can be characterised as an activist literature which reinforces the humanitarian narrative that camps are places of victimisation. This tends to be an outcome of a number of factors. Firstly it represents the political commitment that many scholars profess towards the cause of the Palestinian refugees of Lebanon. Such a disposition involves the censoring of certain unsavoury facts which might challenge the cause for refugee rights. The invisibility of refugee economic agency in the dominant scholarly output is also a result of limited research methodology. Much of the scholarly output on the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in recent years relies either on the interview method or focus group, both of which reinforce the refugee self-identification as victims in narrative based data collection. This thesis diverges greatly from the predominant scholarship by making visible the economic activities, through numerous anecdotes and case studies, which are routinely performed by refugees especially when interfacing with humanitarian agencies. It does this through utilsing ethnographic data garnered from participant observation and therefore represents data that has not been mediated through the translation of intermediaries. Although the Palestinian refugee camps are often portrayed as sites of crisis, it is unusual for scholars to also explore that they can be sites for the realisation of great economic opportunities and that we cannot focus on humanitarian problems without also understanding the fact that the very conditions which produce crisis are also the same conditions that provide economic profits to certain refugee groups. Under such conditions humanitarian logic not only hides refugee economic agency, but humanitarian assistance can exacerbate economic exploitation.
dc.format.extentix, 271 leaves.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright
dc.subject.lcshRefugees, Palestinian Arab Social conditionsLebanon
dc.subject.lcshRefugees, Palestinian Arab Moral and ethical aspectsLebanon
dc.subject.lcshRefugee camps Lebanon
dc.titleMoral hazards and humanitarian rackets : the case of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.supervisorGuinness, Patrick
local.description.notesThesis (Ph.D.)--Australian National University
dc.date.issued2014
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationAustralian National University. School of Archaeology and Anthropology
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d5fccd6b6191
dc.date.updated2018-11-20T23:48:41Z
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