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Christine Moderbacher

market, where I conducted fieldwork for my PhD dissertation, “Crafting Lives in Brussels: Making and Mobility on the Margins.” Out of ten participants, it was these two middle-aged men from Tunisia and Guinea who were eager to tell me their stories. Since

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From Ecuador to Elsewhere

The (Re)Configuration of a Transit Country

Soledad Álvarez Velasco

is true for its own socioeconomic conditionalities together with its paradoxical migratory policies. As soon as I began my fieldwork, a complex methodological puzzle regarding Ecuador's transit condition arose that materialized in three empirical

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Lessons from Refugees

Research Ethics in the Context of Resettlement in South America

Marcia Vera Espinoza

more about me before they decided if they wanted to take part in the study. In both countries, the NGOs were the main gatekeepers to refugees. During fieldwork I found myself questioning the criteria upon which institutions control refugees’ contact

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Ivi Daskalaki and Nadina Leivaditi

youths both as temporary “guests” and yet also as subjects of discipline in the residency. The article is based on data produced through eight months of ethnographic fieldwork conducted at the Transit Shelter for Unaccompanied (Male) Minors on the island

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Giving Aid Inside the Home

Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood, and Social Control of Syrians in Jordan

Ann-Christin Wagner

In spring 2016, I stepped out of a brick shack on the outskirts of Mafraq, a mid-sized town in northern Jordan. I had arrived some months earlier to conduct ethnographic fieldwork with Syrian refugees for my doctoral thesis, and begun

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State of Uncertainty

Educating the First Railroaders in Central Sakha (Yakutiya)

Sigrid Irene Wentzel

When I came to the village of Nizhniy Bestyakh in April 2015 to do fieldwork, I happened to be the only guest at Anya's guesthouse. “What are you doing here?” she asked. “I want to study the railroad development and its effects on the people,” I

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“A Refugee Pastor in a Refugee Church”

Refugee-Refugee Hosting in a Faith-Based Context

Karen Lauterbach

of help. (Fieldwork notes, 14 January 2013) 1 This vignette of Pastor Justin is typical of many refugees who are assisted and hosted within faith-based communities and hence fall outside the formal and mainly secular humanitarian refugee programs

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Refugee Hospitality Encounters in Northern Portugal

“Cultural Orientations” and “Contextual Protection”

Elizabeth Challinor

, leading to the recognition of social suffering instead of inequality, to the mobilization of compassion and humanitarianism instead of justice and rights. Indeed, in fieldwork conducted in a refugee camp in Greece, Rozakou (2012) notes how the official

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Sabina Barone and Mehdi Alioua

researcher; I wanted to be an educator specialized in acting alongside excluded populations. Later, when I discovered the work of Alain Tarrius, who became my thesis supervisor, I began my fieldwork in Morocco in 2004 and during 2005 and 2006. Then, in

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Ben Page, Olga R. Gulina, Doğuş Şimşek, Caress Schenk, and Vidya Venkat

refugee's body that is between the natural and political body. The next chapter, by Lilie Chouliaraki and Myria Georgiou, explores the concept of digital border drawing on fieldwork research in the Greek island of Chios. Part 4, “Intra