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Life Lived in ReliefHumanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics$
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Ilana Feldman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520299627

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520299627.001.0001

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Punctuated Humanitarianism and Discordant Politics

Punctuated Humanitarianism and Discordant Politics

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Life Lived in Relief

Ilana Feldman

University of California Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the history and central concepts of the book. It highlights the conceptual challenge that long-existing refugee camps pose for common understandings of camps and humanitarianism. It describes the beginnings of United Nations’ relief to displaced Palestinians. Considering the dilemmas of long-term humanitarianism, it introduces the term “punctuated humanitarianism” to capture the movement between emergency circumstances (the humanitarian situation) and extended, chronic need (the humanitarian condition). The chapter also explores Palestinian refugee politics in these conditions, identifying a discordant politics that has multiple, sometimes contradictory registers and aims. Refugee politics has been a politics of suffering, of aspiration, of existence, and of refusal.

Keywords:   camp, United Nations, humanitarian situation, humanitarian condition, discordant politics, punctuated humanitarianism, chronic, emergency

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