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Life Lived in Relief


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Chapter 1 * Punctuated Humanitarianism and Discordant Politics

part one
the humanitarian situation
Chapter 2 * No Exit: Politics and Refugee Status
Chapter 3 * Oscillating Needs and the Aid Apparatus
Chapter 4 * Conflicted Positions: Compromised Action and
Suspicious Relations

part two
the humanitarian condition
Chapter 5 * The Politics of Living as a Refugee
Chapter 6 * Living and Dying at Humanitarianism's Limits
Chapter 7 * Non-humanitarian Futures?
Chapter 8 * Making Livable Lives in Worlds in Crisis

Historical Timeline

About the Author

Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967 and Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule.


"Feldman reminds us, in the context of the current migrant crisis, Palestinian refugees have much to teach us about a migrant politics of presence. This is an exceptional book. It represents an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Palestine, humanitarianism, displacement, and refugee politics from a leading ethnographer of Palestinian life." * Journal of Palestine Studies *

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