Feb 2017

28 Feb 2017


Finding Protection Amid Chaos in Palestinian Refugee Camps

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00pm
Sociology Colloquium Room 2432 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored By: 
Pittsburgh Social Movements Forum, Department of Sociology, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Research and Scholarship Program

In the absence of formal protection, how do communities living in refugee camps protect assets and buffer against outsider predation? Using interviews with 200 Palestinian refugees in camps across Lebanon and Jordan, memoirs, and United Nations Relief Works Agency archives, Nadya Haj, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at Wellesley College, traces the evolution of property rights from informal understandings of ownership to formal legal claims of assets and resources.