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Title Page

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Table of Contents / Preface

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pp. v-xiii

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Chapter 1: Introduction: Palestinian Refugees

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pp. 1-33

This book on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon tells the story of a continuing journey through multiple places that has been propelled by intense violence. It explores how the refugees created a sense of place, identity, and meaning in new spaces, using the tools of culture, memory, and militancy. The construction...

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Chapter 2: Prelude to Displacement: Producing and Enacting Knowledge

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pp. 34-46

Nations may well be imagined communities but they are also spatialized. Lefebvre argues of the state, ‘‘without the concepts of space and its production, the framework of power (whether as reality or concept) simply cannot achieve concreteness’’ (1991: 281). Fashioning knowledge about space and its circulation is integral to producing and claiming it. My...

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Chapter 3: Aid and the Construction of the Refugee

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pp. 47-92

The constitution of the Palestinian refugee has transpired in a multiplicity of places and historical periods and has been shaped by imbricated forms of power, knowledge, institutions and administrative-bureaucratic practices. Both conscious and serendipitous, these processes were historically situated and thus fluid. In other words,...

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Chapter 4: Producing Place, Spatializing Identity, 1948–68

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pp. 93-130

When I returned to Beirut in the early 1990s after a hiatus of nearly ten years, the contrast with Shatila camp in the 1970s and early 1980s was stunning. A once vibrant, jam-packed camp with a fairly decent standard of living was now a debris-encircled, rubble-filled, geosocially isolated, and poverty-stricken patch of land. The historicity...

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Chapter 5: Landscape of Hope and Despair

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pp. 131-169

The camps could be seen as a built environment, as everyday abodes, and as places where possibilities for the future emerged, took shape, and were acted upon. Maintaining secrecy about the fida'iyyin signaled a community boundary, a defensive line of inclusion in a community of shared marginality and repression, and of militant action. This chapter...

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Chapter 6: The Geography of Terror and Reconfinement

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pp. 170-216

As the millennium came to a close, the inscription of violence assaulted one at every step: the armed guards ringing the camp, the massive piles of rubble from dynamited or shelled buildings left by nearly two decades of war, the open sewage systems, the somber black and white faces of the dead on posters plastered on nearly every wall, the pervasiveness of the handicapped, extreme forms of poverty, and the multitude of female-headed households. Shatila camp...

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Conclusion: Refugee Camps and the Wall

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pp. 217-226

A curious story circulated in the refugee camps in the 1990s and in the wider Palestinian exile community. A young boy from the Shatila refugee camp has a dream of the long awaited and fought for return to Palestine. All the refugees board buses...

Notes

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pp. 227-238

Bibliography

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pp. 239-252

Index

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pp. 253-260

Acknowledgments

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p. 261

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