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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)
eISBN 978-1-78920-713-2 eBook
“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.