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The recent influx of Syrian refugees has stimulated domestic political action against the Jordanian and Lebanese governments. That is the dramatic argument at the heart of Anne Marie Baylouny's When Blame Backfires.

Baylouny examines the effects on Jordan and Lebanon of hosting huge numbers of Syrian refugees. How has the populace reacted to the real and perceived negative effects of the refugees? In thought-provoking analysis, she shows how the demographic changes that result from mass immigration press on existing faults in Jordan and Lebanon, worsening them to the point of affecting daily lives. One might expect that as a result, refugees and minorities would become the focus of citizen anger. But as When Blame Backfires demonstrates, that is not always the case.

What Baylouny exposes, instead, is that many of the problems that might be associated with refugees are in fact endemic to the normal routine of citizens' lives. The refugee crisis exacerbated an already-dire situation rather than creating it, and Jordanians and Lebanese started to protest not only against the presence of refugees but against the incompetence and corruption of their own governments as well.

From small-scale protests about goods and public services, citizens progressed to organized and formal national movements calling for economic change and rights to public services not previously provided. This dramatic shift in protest and political discontent was, Baylouny shows, the direct result of the arrival of Syrian refugees.

Table of Contents

  1. When Blame Backfires
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Scapegoats or Solutions
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 1. Before the Syrian Crisis
  2. pp. 18-35
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  1. 2. Enter the Syrians
  2. pp. 36-64
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  1. 3. From Brothers in Need to Invaders
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. 4. Grievances against Governance
  2. pp. 79-106
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  1. 5. Pushed to the Edge
  2. pp. 107-134
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  1. Conclusion: Refugees and Changing State-Citizen Relations
  2. pp. 135-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-196
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  1. References
  2. pp. 197-222
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501751530
Related ISBN
9781501751516
MARC Record
OCLC
1141977939
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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