A Micro-Perspective on Governance in Informal Tented Settlements

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dc.contributor.author Hermanek, Katrin
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-10T08:03:03Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-10T08:03:03Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-05-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13915
dc.description.abstract A decade after the outbreak of the Syrian war, anyone visiting the Beqaa, or Northern Lebanon can’t get around without taking note of the myriad white Informal Tented Settlements (ITSs), providing a “home” to Syrian refugees. While a lot of literature has been dedicated to formal refugee camps run by UNHCR, studies on ITSs are relatively scarce. Existing literature describes them as precarious spaces, run by an informal leader called Shawish, and highly dependent on the informal labor market. This thesis based on two individual cases, considers governance in ITSs in Lebanon from a micro-perspective. It aims to understand the complex ways in which Syrian refugee communities negotiate the spaces in two ITSs: one governed by a male Shawish and the other by a female Shawisha. This thesis observes emerging governance structures, characterized by complex processes, and reveals the extent of long-term sustainability of these settlements. The results suggest ways in which the empowerment of the Shawish has disempowering effects on the settlement’s communities. They furthermore show, how the Shawish takes over the role of a gatekeeper who reinforces boundaries between the inside and the outside of the settlement. Moreover, this study analyzes the position of the Shawish through the lens of ethnic identifications and gender, and it tracks the evolution of his role from being a mediator in agriculture between migrant workers and landowners to an informal leader of an entire refugee community. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Refugees, Syrian -- Government policy -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.subject Refugee camps -- Lebanon -- Social conditions en_US
dc.subject Humanitarian assistance -- Lebanon en_US
dc.title A Micro-Perspective on Governance in Informal Tented Settlements en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Two Case Studies of Syrian Refugee Communities in Lebanon en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Migration Studies en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 202000179 en_US
dc.author.commembers Reda, Latife
dc.author.commembers Diab, Jasmine
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (x, 71 leaves): ill. en_US
dc.author.advisor Jenainati, Cathia
dc.keywords Syrian Refugees en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Informal Tented Settlements en_US
dc.keywords Shawish en_US
dc.keywords Refugee Governance en_US
dc.keywords Micro-Level en_US
dc.keywords Humanitarian Aid en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 62-68. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.402
dc.author.email katrin.hermanek@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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