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Structures of Protection?: Rethinking Refugee Shelter

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Volume 39

Forced Migration

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Structures of Protection?

Rethinking Refugee Shelter

Edited by Tom Scott-Smith and Mark E. Breeze

320 pages, 21 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-712-5 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (May 2020)

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“While there has been an exponential growth in the literature on refugees and forced migration over the past decade, the issue of shelter has received very little attention. This volume fills that important gap in an admirable manner.” • Jeff Crisp, University of Oxford

“This is a very good collection that is engaging, clear in its focus, and wide-ranging in the cases and examples it covers. The broad and inclusive category of ‘shelter’ is applied well to pull together the various contributions and offers a novel way of examining questions of protection, displacement, and accommodation.” • Jonathan Darling, Durham University


Questioning what shelter is and how we can define it, this volume brings together essays on different forms of refugee shelter, with a view to widening public understanding about the lives of forced migrants and developing theoretical understanding of this oft-neglected facet of the refugee experience. Drawing on a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, law, architecture, and history, each of the chapters describes a particular shelter and uses this to open up theoretical reflections on the relationship between architecture, place, politics, design and displacement.

Tom Scott-Smith is Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. His book On an Empty Stomach: Two Hundred Years of Hunger Relief is published by Cornell University Press.

Mark E. Breeze is a Harvard-trained architect and the Director of Studies in Architecture at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge.

Subject: Refugee and Migration Studies Anthropology (General) Sociology


List of Figures

Introduction: Places of Partial Protection: Refugee Shelter since 2015
Tom Scott-Smith

Part I: Shelter, Containment and Mobility

Chapter 1. Moving, Containing, Displacing: The Shipping Container as Refugee Shelter
Hanna Baumann

Chapter 2. At the Edge: Containment and the Construction of Europe
Cetta Mainwaring

Chapter 3. Shifting Shelters: Migrants, Mobility and the Making of Open Centres in Malta
Marthe Achtnich

Chapter 4. Moria: Anti-shelter and the Spectacle of Deterrence
Daniel Howden

Chapter 5. Moria Hotspot: Shelter as a Politically Crafted Materiality of Neglect
Polly Pallister-Wilkins

Chapter 6. Architectures of Trauma: Forced Shelter and the Impact of Immigration Detention
Petra Molnar

Chapter 7. Settling the Unsettled: Forced Shelter in the Negev Desert
Renana Ne’eman

Part II: Shelter, Resistance and Solidarity

Chapter 8. The Contingent Camp: Struggling for Shelter in Calais, France
Maria Hagan

Chapter 9. Sounding the Shelter, Voicing the Squat: The Sonic Politics of Refugee Shelter in Athens
Tom Western

Chapter 10. Redignifying Refugees: A Critical Study of Citizen-Run Shelters in Athens
Ashley Mehra

Chapter 11. A More Personal Shelter: How Citizens Are Hosting Forced Migrants in and Around Brussels
Robin Vandevoordt

Chapter 12. Life in the Aluminium Whale: A Study of Berlin’s ICC shelter
Holly Young

Chapter 13. Structures to Shelter the Mind: Refugee Housing and Mental Wellbeing in Berlin
Esther Schroeder Goh

Part III: Architecture, Design and Displacement

Chapter 14. Protection or isolation? Humanitarian Evacuees in Australian Quarantine Stations
Benjamin Thomas White

Chapter 15. Silos in Trieste: A Historical Shelter for Displaced People
Roberta Altin

Chapter 16. Flexible Shelters, Modular Meanings: The Lives and Afterlives of Danish ‘Refugee Villages’
Zachary Whyte and Michael Ulfstjerne

Chapter 17. Shelter as Cladding: Resourcefulness, Improvisation and Refugee-Led Innovation in Goudoubo Camp
Craig Martin, Jamie Cross, and Arno Verhoeven

Chapter 18. Adhocism, Agency and Emergency Shelters: On Architectural Nuclei of Life in Displacement
Irit Katz

Chapter 19. Social Media, Shelter and Resilience: Design in Za’atari Refugee Camp
Diane Fellows

Chapter 20. Confinement, Power and Permanence in Informal Refugee Spaces: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
Faten Kikano

Chapter 21. From Emergency Shelter to Community Shelter: Berlin’s Tempelhof Refugee Camp
Toby Parsloe

Conclusion: Towards Better Shelter: Rethinking Humanitarian Sheltering
Mark E. Breeze


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