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Refugeehood and the Postconflict Subject

Reconsidering Minor Losses



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Being a "refugee" is not simply a matter of law, determination procedures, or the act of flight. It is an ontological condition, structured by the politics of law, affect, and territory. Refugeehood and the Postconflict Subject explores the variable facets of refugeehood, their interconnections, and their intended and unintended consequences. Grounded on more than a decade of research on the island of Cyprus, Olga Maya Demetriou considers how different groups of "refugees" coexist and how this coexistence invites reinterpretations of the law and its politics. The long-standing political conflict in Cyprus produced not only the paradigmatic, formally recognized "refugee" but also other groups of displaced persons not so categorized. By examining the people and circumstances, Demetriou reveals the tensions and contestations within the international refugee regimes and argues that any reinterpretation that accounts for these tensions also needs to recognize that these "minor" losses are not incidental to refugeehood but an intrinsic part of the wider issues.

Product code: 9781438471174

ISBN 9781438471174
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152xS25
Series SUNY series in National Identities
No. Of Pages 278
Publisher State University of New York Press
On Sale Date 01/10/2018
Examines the effects of culturally specific interpretations of refugeehood with an ethnographic focus on Cyprus