Ambiguities of space and control: when refugee camp and nomadic encampment meet

Wilson, Alice (2014) Ambiguities of space and control: when refugee camp and nomadic encampment meet. Nomadic Peoples, 18 (1). pp. 38-60. ISSN 0822-7942

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Abstract

This article explores sedentarisation as a process of inherent tension between the rupture and preservation of values associated with mobility. This tension is compelling when mobile pastoralists settle in refugee camps. Refugee camps may resemble nomadic encampments in material infrastructure and (alleged) non-permanence. Yet refugee camps contrast with nomadic encampments in facilitating control and evoking, through its disruption, rootedness. In the case of refugees of mobile pastoralist heritage from the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the tension in the meeting of nomadic encampment and refugee camps sees the nomadic encampment reproduced and transformed in the refugee camp. This creates ambiguities of space and control.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Western Sahara; mobility; nomadic encampment; refugee camps; sedentarisation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Alice Wilson
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 12:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 12:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70245

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